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A hearth usually refers to the fireplace or to a lesser degree a home. However, according to Merriam Webster, a hearth can refer to a “vital, creative center.”

My focus here is my poetry, some of it political, and subjects that are dear to my heart: spiritual friendship, misfits, solitude, and all this community of ideas has to offer. And Oregon, this place that I have learned to love.

Poetry Pavilion is my devotional series for Christian poets. Published once a week here and on my social media accounts (#poetrypavilion).

I believe that Christian art, in its various forms, does not have to be overt in its message. In Romans 1:20 KJV, Paul writes: “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” But art needs to be beautiful and point to the Truth, covertly or overtly. It needs to enrich and enliven our souls, not to shame them through ugliness. It needs to promote holiness.

Thank you for stopping by my neck of the Oregon coast. Blessings!

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