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.
Presently, our church tower has become unsafe and is undergoing inspection with a view to urgent repairs. It reminded me that “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe” (Proverbs 18:10).
Architects tell us our tower needs repair
Sandstone erodes, grout crumbles, timbers wear
Time takes its toll on brickwork and mortar
Rafters and beams suffer ingress of water.
Once our tower was weatherproof, undecayed;
Now it needs restoration, its structure made
Good once more to withstand the salt-wind’s scour.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower
Offering the righteous a sure salvation
Within an impregnable fortification.
Earth’s proud towers always need to be restored
Rock solid hope rests on the name of the Lord.
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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