Sunday, April 22, 2012

Room Full of Echoes

Photo of Church of the Epiphany, by Penny Tassone Rauh, from the Untitled Album, © April 16, 2012

Room Full of Echoes

In a moment where
“It’s tempting to be distracted,
From the call of faithfulness today,
By the lure of tomorrow. . ."

When obedience
Would produce sorrow
All are sucking Life
From The Marrow

There is no regret at hand
When all together stand
To do what is called for
To take what is in His Hand

"A room so full of echoes,
They cannot be contained"
For to the world is our calling
We must not be restrained

© April 17, 2012, Stevie Glor, Jill Rutz, and Robbie Pruitt

While looking through my Facebook news-feed one day, I ran across my friend Jill’s status, which said, “It’s tempting to be distracted, from the call of faithfulness today, by the lure of tomorrow. . ."  The next post in my news-feed was a comment by another friend of mine on a photo of a mutual friend of ours.  The picture, by Penny Rauh, was of Church of the Epiphany’s first sanctuary on the day of their move.  The light was streaming through the window leaving a shadow of a cross on the floor of an otherwise darkened and empty space.  The comment posted below the photo, by my friend Stevie Glor, read, "A room so full of echoes, they cannot be contained."

This month Epiphany and many other churches in the Northern Virginia area will be vacating their buildings.  These churches have taken a stand for Biblical orthodoxy and for the centrality of salvation in Jesus Christ alone.  Because of this stand, they have suffered material loss through litigation, but have gained eternal reward in their obedience to the one who has called them to stand.  This poem, "Room Full of Echoes," pays tribute to those faithful members of Church of the Epiphany, and the other faithful churches, who have been true to their mission “To Stand for Jesus Christ, to grow together as God's family, and to make Him known through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Having served in ministry at Church of the Epiphany for seven years during this time of standing for Christ, I have heard the beginnings of many of those echoes, which will not be contained within those walls, and have participated in creating some of them as well.  While the loss is real for so many, the gain is far more significant.  The body and bride of Christ have been faithful and obedient to their call to follow Jesus and to take His Truth to the world.  The church is the people, not the facility surrounding them.  These temporary obstacles will never restrain the mission of Christ to the world, or hinder the gathering of His faithful church.  There is no regret in doing what is called for in faithfulness and in obedience, and there is no regret in receiving from God's hand His intended blessing and direction in following His lead, whatever the consequence.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cloud’s Lining

Photo “April 2nd,” by Anna Carter, taken from YouTube, Courtesy of Anna Carter, © March 3, 2012. Thank you Anna.

Cloud’s Lining
(Soundtrack: April 2nd)

We wined and dined
Walked the silver line
Wound our way back
And there we were again
And there you were my friend
Back where we started
We came back around
And back around
We were found
Took us twenty-five years
And twenty-five years we drown
Underneath the undertow
Affection and afterglow
Until each other
Was all there was to know
The sky blinded
And the clouds danced
The sun gleamed
At what we chanced
Silver lined
The cloud shadowed in time
But silver’s stream
Made love gleam
Still we dream
Silver shimmering as we go mining
Cloud’s lining kept us shining

© February 2012, Robbie Pruitt

National Poetry Month and Steel and Stone

We are mid way through this April's National Poetry Month (2012). For Poetry Month I am continuing to post a new poem every week and a different poem from my poetry blog every day. I have also put together a manuscript of poetry called “Steel and Stone” that was submitted to a poetry book contest this year. If anyone is interested in a copy of this “rough draft,” I will email it to you in PDF format for $10.00 or for free, click here, and/or send your request to

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Cobalt and Resurrect

“Go On, Saint Thomas,” Photo courtesy of Jack Baumgartner, © 2006

To read an art review of the painting above, “Go On, Saint Thomas,” by Jack Baumgartner, click here.

To learn more about Jack Baumgartner, or to see more of his paintings and artwork, please visit him at his web site here at The School of the Transfer of Energy.

Cobalt and Resurrect


The morning
Was empty
Like no one
Was there


The morning
Was Alive
Like One
Would not expect
All to Him collect

© April 5th and 7th, 2012, Robbie Pruitt

John 20:24-29

Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (See John 20:19-29)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Steel and Stone

Stone and Steel, from the album Chicago Architecture, Photo courtesy of Janeen Hutchins, © March 2012

Steel and Stone

Steel statues
Stone and steeple
Stained glass
And stained people
Reflections in silver windows
And steel shadows
Clouds cover
The sunlight pierces through
The morning dew
Steel stole stone’s tower
Humanity hovering over
From hour to working hour

© March 27, 2012, Robbie Pruitt

My friend Janeen posted the photo above, Stone and Steel, in a Facebook album titled Chicago Architecture last month. Immediately, the following poem came to me. Janeen is a very talented photographer and was kind enough to allow me to use this photo. This is a great example, as Janeen put it, of “art inspiring art.”

I met Janeen and her husband Ryan while my wife Irene and I were doing a National Outdoor Leadership School course together in the Pacific Northwest back in 2009. The two of them were our Instructors for our Trip Leaders Course. Not only are Janeen and Ryan both gifted photographers and course leaders at NOLS, they are great people and I am blessed to know them. You can enjoy more of Janeen’s amazing photography here:

April is National Poetry Month. This month I will be posting a new poem every week and will be posting a different poem from my poetry blog every day. I have also put together a manuscript of poetry called “Steel and Stone” that I have submitted to a poetry book contest for this year. If you are interested in a copy of this “rough draft,” I will email it to you in PDF format for $10.00, click here, if you send me a request to with your e-mail address.