Kathleen Nielson|4:02 PM CT

Metaphor for Ministers

What if a preacher struggled with feelings of inadequacy to preach God's holy Word? What if someone could come up with a heartening picture of how God by his grace can use even this preacher's inadequate words? What if this picture could show him how beautiful is the preaching when God's true Word shines through his proclamation?

And what if he could be reminded that his humble living of God's Word makes the picture bright? And more, what if he could begin to see this picture as one part of a larger, glorious work---the only one that lasts? Well, then, we might end up with something like the 17th-century poem "The Windows" by Welsh-born Anglican priest George Herbert.

Click here for all of George Herbert's English poems.

Kathleen Nielson serves as director of women's initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. She holds MA and PhD degrees in literature from Vanderbilt University and a BA from Wheaton College. Author of the Living Word Bible studies, she speaks often at women's conferences and loves working with women in studying the Bible. She shares a heart for students with her husband, Niel, president of Covenant College from 2002 to 2012 and now leading an enterprise developing resources for Christian schools around the world.

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