02.11.23 EChurch@Wartburg: Poet of Cherokee Descent and Professor Diane Glancy: The End of Suffering: Poetry, Liminality, and Job’s Wife


Prayer of Augustine 354–430 AD link

Look upon us, O Lord,
and let all the darkness of our souls
vanish before the beams of thy brightness.
Fill us with holy love,
and open to us the treasures of thy wisdom.
All our desire is known unto thee,
therefore perfect what thou hast begun,
and what thy Spirit has awakened us to ask in prayer.
We seek thy face,
turn thy face unto us and show us thy glory.
Then shall our longing be satisfied,
and our peace shall be perfect.

Prayer of St. Benedict link

Gracious and holy Father,
grant us the intellect to understand you,
reason to discern you, diligence to seek you,
wisdom to find you, a spirit to know you,
a heart to meditate upon you.
May our ears hear you, may our eyes behold you,
and may our tongues proclaim you.
Give us grace that our way of life may be pleasing to you,
that we may have the patience to wait for you
and the perseverance to look for you.
Grant us a perfect end–your holy presence,
a blessed resurrection, and life everlasting.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

From The Breastplate of St Francis link

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ, in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in the mouth of friend and stranger.

Diane Glancy via Wikipedia

Glancy was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a Cherokee descent (non-enrolled) father and an English-German-American mother.[1] At a young age, she had a hard time with determining her identity because of how her Indian lifestyle did not relate to what she was learning in school. Glancy decided to reclaim her Cherokee descent and found it easy to express in her poetry. She received her Bachelor of Arts (English literature) from the University of Missouri in 1964, then later continued her education at the University of Central Oklahoma, earning a Master’s degree in English in 1983.[2] In 1988, she received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa.[2]

Glancy is an English professor and began teaching in 1989 at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, teaching Native American literature and creative writing courses.[2] Glancy’s literary works have been recognized and highlighted at Michigan State University in their Michigan Writers Series

Benediction Early Scottish link

Deep peace of the running wave to you,
Deep peace of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the shining stars to you,
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you, forever.


02.11.23 EChurch@Wartburg: Poet of Cherokee Descent and Professor Diane Glancy: The End of Suffering: Poetry, Liminality, and Job’s Wife — 12 Comments

  1. Needed Alison Krause this morning . . . thank you for sharing this blessing. 🙂

    good to hear a hymn that focuses on hope and trust

  2. Dee, thanks for “Down To The River To Pray.” I have vivid memories of those days, where humble people met to thank the Lord for souls saved. No big screens, fog machines and skinny jeans … just Jesus.

  3. Max: Dee, thanks for “Down To The River To Pray.”

    Me too Max.
    Krauss’s faith song is one of the most hauntingly beautiful ones ever.
    It can crack even the stoniest of hearts.

  4. dee: I love seeing those pictures as she sang

    The video was powerful. I’m so old that I remember those days. We had a pastor who baptized converts in the river just a stone’s throw from the church. In that rural church, we didn’t have a baptistry, no running water, no indoor bathroom, heated with a big wood stove in the sanctuary … it was a two room church – the sanctuary & a room where the children went to Sunday School. Pastor and pew were a humble caring bunch who loved each other and Jesus. We had church in that little place as it was meant to be, the saints were equipped to do the ministry, the pastor visited the flock, souls were saved.

  5. Max: The video was powerful. I’m so old that I remember those days.

    Those days will happen again with the same power that faith makes happen.
    Just like it says in the Book of Ecclesiastes.

  6. Job’s wife clearly had the revelation too, as Diane’s phenomenological hermeneutics show: I have often been near-liminal myself. Diane only said she was less great, to please Biola 😉