Heaven’s Terms for Ending the Lethal Punch-and-Judy Show -- By: William David Spencer

Journal: Priscilla Papers
Volume: PP 25:4 (Autumn 2011)
Article: Heaven’s Terms for Ending the Lethal Punch-and-Judy Show
Author: William David Spencer


Heaven’s Terms for Ending the Lethal Punch-and-Judy Show

William David Spencer

William David Spencer is editor of Priscilla Papers and a Professor of Theology and the Arts at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Boston Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME).

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Creator/Conqueror/Comforter

II

One God—when no one else—sufficient.
One Love, created us, proficient.
Our wills, returning love, deficient.
One Sacrifice applied, efficient.

III

The Voice spoke to conceive,
not a replica, a reflection,
a moon to the sun of affection,
mirroring the source of election: the only Fountainhead.

The Word came to reprieve,
with an amnesty with proviso,
the news on its combat radio:
enfleshing in our own barrio is heaven’s bold beachhead.

The Nurse healed to relieve
the wounds of warring wills of lovers
to unify sisters and brothers,
loving equally God and others: peace terms of the Godhead.


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