The Experience of Poetry

Recently I listened to Krista Tippett's interview of Eugene Peterson, long-term pastor and biblical scholar. He wrote the modern English paraphrase of the Bible called The Message

What struck me was his comments about poetry, particularly biblical poetry. “Poetry says something significant about a reality common to us all, but perceived from a unique perspective.” 

He has written about poetry, and seeing poetry as experience, and as prayer. “We do not have more information after we read a poem,” Peterson writes. “We have more experience.” 

In some ways, I see sermons that way. Sometimes there is information presented. But sometimes the point of a sermon is to share an experience with the others in the room at the time. To feel something, and to feel it together. To be part of a bundle of thoughts, different but arising from common experience. Poetry, in a way. 

So this week, I am inspired by Eugene Peterson to give a sermon using the Psalms. Come experience it together! 

Peace be with you........................Jeannie