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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.


The preacher a window « The Wanderer

July 23, 2012 at 06:05 AM

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Gary H.

July 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing this.

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Steve Martin

July 18, 2012 at 07:08 PM


There is only one Word. And there is only (truly) one Preacher of that Word.

Our poor words are no problem when the gospel is present in some form or another.

(we'd rather have that gospel Word be pure, though :D)