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.
Also on this site you will find my ‘Acrostic Bible’ which has an acrostic for each book, aiming to capture its essence in a few lines. I hope you find this a helpful ‘memory refresh’ of scripture. Although the bible acrostics don’t rhyme (that would just have been too hard), here’s a recent rhyming one on Galatians as a recap of our Minister’s latest sermon series:
Gospel truth was what you received, but false preachers have made you fools
Astonishingly, they’ve made you backslide into rituals and rules
Laws once governed my life, but now I see they lack power to atone
Abraham’s true children, heirs to his promise, are saved by faith alone
There is no east or west, male nor female, Gentile nor Jew, slave nor free
In Christ Jesus who, through adoption, unites us as a family
Abba, Father is our kindred cry once God’s grace has made us whole:
New creations, bearing spiritual fruits, we press toward the goal
Spreading love, joy, peace, forbearance, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Harry Hunter is the pen name of a retired academic who lives with his wife (and cat) at West Kilbride on the Ayrshire coast.
Harry also writes books (follow the Books tab at the top). His latest novella – “The Kilfinan Treasure” – was published in spring 2019 by Instant Apostle. If you would like to buy a copy, please consider ordering it from West Kilbride’s (very quick and efficient) Timberbooks.
A useful tip! If you are copying acrostics for use elsewhere please check that the initial letter of each line remains highlighted, or else readers often don’t realise it’s an acrostic.
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