Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Church of the City of New York

  • A Cry for Encouragement-Jon Tyson, Church of the City of New York +

    A powerful sermon on the need for lifting each other up Read More
  • Presence: a worship song by Church of the City of NY +

    Presence by Church of NYC;  Read More
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bright star ver2 xlgFew lives represent the transiency of this mortal coil as poignantly as John Keats, one of England’s greatest poets.

Jane Campion’s movie, Bright Star, focuses on the last three years of his life, beginning in the late summer of 1818, shortly after Keats returns from a summer walking tour of the English Lake Country, Scotland and Ireland, exhausted, his throat torn from coughing. Within a few months Keats meets and falls in love with Fanny Brawne. The following year declining health prompts him to stop writing poetry and travel to Italy in hopes that the warmer climate will rejuvenate him. Less than three years after meeting Fanny, Keats is dead at 26.

For too many, Keats life and legacy is caricatured as either the iconic, romanticized ideal of the artist taken in his prime, or the personification of what if, as in what if he had lived as many years as Shakespeare, Milton, or other of his artistic peers, what could he have written, what could he have accomplished? Instead of pandering to the idol-lust of Keats’ short life, the movie Bright Star sparks on the unfulfilled love of Fanny and John, effectively capturing the tensions of love and death, dream and waking that Keats’ poetry, including the poem Bright Star, describes.

John Keats short life is a sobering, iconic representation of how tragedy and death are no respecters of who you are.

Lord, let me know my end, and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight. Surely everyone stands as a mere breath. (Selah) Surely everyone goes about like a shadow. Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; they heap up, and do not know who will gather. Psalms 39

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Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • Mysterious and Unknown: Our Great God Fernando Ortega +

    Eternal God, unchanging Mysterious and unknown Your boundless love unfailing In grace and mercy shown Bright seraphim in ceaseless flight Read More
  • Our Great God by Fernando Ortega +

    Eternal God, unchangingMysterious, and unknownYour boundless love, unfailingIn grace and mercy shownBright seraphim in endless flightAround Your glorious throneThey raise Read More
  • This is my Father's world by Fernando Ortega +

    This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of Read More
  • Praise to the Lord, the Almighty by Fernando Ortega +

    Praise to the Lord, the AlmightyThe King of creationO my soul, praise HimFor He is thy health and salvationAll ye Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Surprise of His Love: Psalm 90 +

    Surprise us with love at daybreak; Read More
  • Reflections on the Psalms +

    C.S. Lewis' book, Reflections on the Psalms, is not an easy read, but Lewis provides a poet's insight into the Read More
  • Climbing the Mountain: CH Spurgeon, Psalm 24 +

    A Sermon (No. 396) Delivered on Sunday Morning, June the 16th, 1861 by the Rev. C. H. SPURGEON, At the Read More
  • July 29 Devotional: Psalm 19:1 +

    The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1 ESV) Read More
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