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  • A Stark Choice

    Posted by Sgt. Mom on 13th July 2013 (All posts by )

    Apropos of nothing – although since the Zimmerman jury has begun deliberations, this selection might be seen as a comment – today I am thinking on a certain 19th century hymn. Which my mother always disliked since a certain pastor liked to bring it out, incessantly with regard to particularly mid-20th century political concerns. Yes, I was raised religious, in one of the more flintily intellectual Protestant religious traditions, and today I believe this particular hymn to be especially relevant, in light of David’s post about Saint Alexander of Munich. There are choices one makes – sometimes momentous ones, on the spur of an instant, which turn out to be the choices which define your life … and now and again, your death.

    Once to every man and nation
    Comes the moment to decide,
    In the strife of truth with falsehood,
    For the good or evil side;
    Some great cause, God’s new Messiah,
    Offering each the bloom or blight,
    And the choice goes by for ever
    ‘Twixt that darkness and that light.
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    Posted in Academia, Arts & Letters, Christianity | 16 Comments »