The Struggle Has Ended

Greg Hewlett passed away on January 17th after nearly eight years of battling colon cancer. While we grieve his loss, we are comforted to know that he is with his Lord.

If you would like to leave your thoughts on Greg, please see this thread.

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Thursday, June 19, 2003

Two natural foes

I call him Tom, my pessimist skeptic
Prone to despair
Judging guilty �til perfect
Contingency and chance his only friends
Smug in the hands of impersonal fate.
Nate is his foe, with head in the sand
Ears for platitudes, trust in the chime
�Don�t worry, be happy, all will be well�
Wishing on stars in optimistic denial.
Happily never after.
Neither can rest
In my soul right now.
Neither can swallow
The report.
I rejoice in revelation, for in it I hear
Unyielding echoes of reality,
The state of the world under the Fall
Far darker than Tom could admit.
The vanity of life and the waves up to here.
Injustice in cities and blood in the land
Hearts withered like grass, drinks mingled with tears.
And I rejoice in revelation, for in it I find
A hope.
More brilliant, more satisfying, more profound
Than Nate could possibly know.
A firstfruit, a taste
A guarantee.
A deposit made that will surely be paid
A cosmic event rippling even today.
I must find a way
To grasp this answer
Shaming both Tom and Nate.


Nils Jonsson said...

The bad news is far worse than we think. And the good news is far better than we can imagine ( ). Jack Miller�s words come to mind (unfortunately I can only paraphrase him): I am more lost and sinful than I would ever dare admit, but in Christ I am more loved and accepted than I would ever dare hope.

Jeni & Dick Wiggers said...

Dear Greg & Christine,
Thank you for allowing us to join you on your inner journey and for openning a window for us to visualize the unseeable through your poetry and late-night conversations with God.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you travel to Houston and continue your journey of faith.
May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, be with you wherever your travels take you.
Love, Jeni & Dick

Linda said...

Greg, Galen came over to my cube yesterday and told me that you were in the other day and that you were going to MD Anderson on Monday. I wanted you to know you are in my thoguhts and prayers as you prepare for your consultation and treatment with them. Please don't hesistate to ask if you need anything. Have a safe trip.

Carl said...

Our Eternal Father is the Answer