By Father David Fisher

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Starting in September 18, I plan to use Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry as a source. Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry is a collection of poems edited by Jay Hopler and Kimberly Johnson. The texts included range from the seventh century BCE (Psalms 6, 8, 23, 42, and 98) to 21st-century devotional lyrics. Here’s a beginning.

Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
If I lacked any thing.

A guest, I answered, worthy to be here:
Love said, You shall be he.
I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah my dear,
I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
Who made the eyes but I?

Truth Lord, but I have marred them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame?
My dear, then I will serve.
You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat:
So I did sit and eat.

--George Herbert