The hardest thing for me to write is anything autobiographical. I think this is due to my resistance to categorizing anything, particularly me. What a terrible biologist I would make, blurring the lines between species, disordering the carefully thought out classifications . I can say definitively that I love Christ, I love people, and I love to write.
I can say definitively that I love Christ, I love people, and I love to write.
None of these loves are automatic or without struggle. Professionally, I have taught in higher education for over 20 years, lead creative writing programs, started literary journals, and less glamorously, graded thousands of essays. Sometimes I get a poem published in a journal. In a more amateur sense, I have ministered to many and led spiritual formation groups, inner healing sessions, and prayer meetings. This blog is an expression of those two main components. I want to create art, I want to impart what I know, and I want to answer the requests my students and those who have followed Jesus with me have made of me. The most frequent question I get, usually late at night and in my Facebook messenger app, is how to get free of some issue or another, some chain of regret or shame that has caught hold and will not let go. So here is my answer to each of you and perhaps others I have not met. I call this site Poema Chronicles.
Poema means God’s work of art. I am His work of art in progress, as are each of you and this is just part of our story.