Welcome to the website of Harry Hunter, author of Christian fiction.
This website contains lots of acrostics that can be freely used in church magazines and similar miscellanies, as well as for personal enjoyment. If you like this site, please share it with your friends and your church magazine editor.
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, but that’s the main point – they force you to look at something from a fresh angle and re-appraise what you thought you already knew.
From time to time I add a new one, so here’s an acrostic to mark the “beginning of the end” hereabouts of Covid pandemic restrictions. It’s called A Time To Embrace, inspired by Ecclesiastes 3:5
At first we thought it would not last very long,
This ‘new normal’ of elbow bumps – we were wrong.
It became a time for us to refrain from embracing,
Mouthing our kisses from a two-metre spacing.
Encountering friends, we stopped short and withdrew,
Touching became a luxury, hugs became taboo.
Old folk close to death could not understand
Eye-moist loved ones who would not hold their hand,
Masks covered lips that craved a final kiss –
Bidding last farewells was never meant to be like this.
Relatives and friends severed by borders and oceans
Awaited a chance to share long-suppressed emotions.
Covid’s grip is loosening: soon we’ll re-discover touch,
Embracing friends and family we’ve missed so very much.
Our Minister is currently preaching a series of sermons on the seven churches of Asia (Revelation 1:19-3:22), at a time when the Church of Scotland is planning major rationalisation of its buildings and clergy. The following acrostic is a ‘work in progress’ reflecting on the most favourably mentioned of the churches – Philadelphia.
Post-pandemic, we need to ascend a learning curve
Heeding the Holy Spirit about fresh ways to serve
In the midst of change and closures, sowing new seeds
Learning from past experience, yet meeting future needs
Asia’s seven churches give us lessons from the past
Despite their trials, one – Philadelphia – held fast
Enduring patiently, lovingly, they had no time for rifts
Limited in strength, yet rich in faith and gifts
Protected by God’s love, foes could not bring them down
Holding on to what they had, none could steal their crown
Illuminating our path, Philadelphia shines forth from history
Allaying anxieties when God’s purpose seems a mystery.
Harry Hunter is the pen name of a retired academic who lives with his wife (and cat) at West Kilbride on the Ayrshire coast.
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