Today's Devotions

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  • Right Where You Are by Sylvia Gunter +

    There are all sorts of friends. Read More
  • Embracing God's Mystery +

    One of the sad aspects of humanity is our jadedness, 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

  • No Longer Alone with God

    This is the first of a seven part series by Dallas Willard, a USC philosophy professor who is closely associated Read More
  • Storytelling

    Eugene Peterson discusses his influences as a writer, as well as how and why he created the Message translation. This Read More
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  • Baptism, Communion, Repentance: The Essential U-Turn +

    Very few people admit to making u-turns when driving. Read More
  • The Wonder of Grace +

    Grace–that which brings us delight. Read More
  • Embracing God's Mystery +

    One of the sad aspects of humanity is our jadedness, Read More
  • A Model for Coming to God-adapted from Sylvia Gunter +

    Sylvia Gunter uses Psalm 35 to show how David asked God to contend, fight, rescue, defend, vindicate Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Mystery of Godliness +

    Longings after God My dear Lord, I can but tell Thee that Thou knowest I long for nothing but Thyself, Read More
  • The Mystery of Iniquity by RC Sproul +

    It has been called the Achilles' heel of the Christian faith. Of course, I'm referring to the classical problem of Read More
  • The Mystery of the Trinity: One in Essence, Three in Person by RC Sproul +

    Do the three Persons of the Trinity truly exist? In this message entitled "One in Essence, Three in Person," Dr. Read More
  • Behold, I Tell You a Mystery by Baritone Coloratura· +

    Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, Read More
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