Tag Archives: William Cowper

Please God, Prepare a Fruitful Place

William Cowper has a lovely poem about the parable of the sower and the seed. Cowper wrestled with crippling depression and was afraid that his heart was too stony to receive God’s grace.

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Beauty Breaks Like a Flash from Heaven

William Cowper invokes St. Paul’s encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus to capture his sense of God in nature.

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The Rising Floodwaters of Sadness

My father is dying. One of his last acts was to find an A. A. Milne passage about Sewanee’s incessant rain for the local newspaper.

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Oh! For a Closer Walk with God 


William Cowper understands the depressed ache of emptiness, which intensifies his longing for the Holy Spirit.

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The Choice: To Die or to Go on Caring

Yesterday we buried a long-time friend, 98-year-old Maurine Holbert Hogaboom, a New York actress who had retired to southern Maryland.  Tomorrow we commemorate the tenth anniversary of the death of my oldest son Justin.  April, a month of new beginnings, has too often proved cruel as well. Nature often works ironically.  Justin, feeling joyous on a […]

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