Faith Acrostics: half-hour Bible and five-minute reflections
Acrostics mean a lot to me because they are a memorable way of finding new insights into and reflecting upon a familiar topic. They are quite hard to write, especially if you want them to rhyme. Often, the very letters you most need to make a particular point are absent from the acrostic word. That, however, is part of their beauty – you are forced to look at the word from different angles until you finally see a way of creating an acrostic.
The Bible Acrostics posed a particular challenge. Some long and complex books have very short titles, such as Job and John. It’s clearly impossible to do justice to such monumental works in three or four lines, and so the acrostic aims to give a simple flavour of the contents. Others – such as Thessalonians – have far more letters than you need, but this gives the writer more time to include aspects that have been squeezed out elsewhere
The Reflective Acrostics touch upon aspects of faith and life experience. They have generally arisen in response to questions raised in sermons, during house group meetings or in conversations. Some of them made their first appearance in our church magazine. In every case, I hope they open up an unexpected way of looking at a familiar topic.
Many people find they have a special place where they encounter God most readily – a ‘thin place’. The following acrostic, despite not rhyming, has proved popular and provides a starting point for a shared journey.
Time pauses and
Heaven touches earth
In special places where
Nearness to God suddenly happens.
Present meets eternity,
And we encounter the living God.
City or country, garden or wildness:
Everyone finds their oasis, a
Still point of calm and sanctuary.
In your trysting place, read on…
Harry Hunter is the pen name of a retired academic who lives with his wife (and cat) at West Kilbride on the Ayrshire coast.
You are welcome to copy these acrostics for church magazines or similar publications provided an acknowedgement is made (it’s best if the first letter of each line is highlighted so people see it’s an acrostic).
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