Any really good book you want a hard copy of, and I deliberately went to a local bookshop and ordered “The Temple”. Opening it randomly, and reading a poem on Baptism, Kea said — that was a man of God. She recalls priests of that ilk among the Anglicans when she was a child. But no more. At least, no more here. When a church stops preaching Christ crucified and risen, and instead a new gospel, it dies. Regardless of the label on the outside of the building.
This is the height from which we have fallen. We need to recall our first love.
O My chief good,
How shall I measure out thy bloud?
How shall I count what thee befell,
And each grief tell?
Shall I thy woes
Number according to thy foes?
Or, since one starre show’d thy first breath,
Shall all thy death?
Or shall each leaf,
Which falls in Autumne, score a grief?
Or cannot leaves, but fruit, be signe
Of the true vine?
Then let each houre
Of my whole life one grief devoure;
That thy distresse through all may runne,
And be my sunne.
Or rather let
My severall sinnes their sorrows get;
That as each beast his cure doth know,
Each sinne may so.
Since bloud is fittest, Lord, to write
Thy sorrows in, and bloudie sight;
My heart hath store, write there, where in
One box doth lie both ink and sinne:
That when sinne spies so many foes,
Thy whips, thy nails, thy wounds, thy woes,
All come to lodge there, sinne may say,
No room for me, and flie away.
Sinne being gone, oh fill the place,
And keep possession with thy grace;
Lest sinne take courage and return,
And all the writings blot or burn.