Good Measure, Running Over!

The Chelmsford Conference Prayer

For the next couple of days I am poet in residence at ‘Refresh’ the Chelmsford Diocesan Conference. this morning I read out a poem called ‘Good Measure, from my most recent collection Parable and Paradox. Its a poem about the pleroma the sheer overflowing abundance of God’s generous love. and it was written in response to those beautiful words of Jesus in Lukes Gospel:

Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.

Here it is, together with a recording which you can hear by clicking on the title or the ‘play button’


Good Measure

More than good measure, measure of all things

Pleroma overflowing to our need,

Fullness of glory, all that glory brings,

Unguessed-at blessing, springing from each seed,

Even the things within the world you make

Give more than all they have for they are more

Than all they are. Gifts given for the sake

Of love keep giving; draw us to the core,

Where love and giving come from: the rich source

That wells within the fullness of the world,

The reservoir, the never spent resource,

Poured out in wounded love, until it spilled

Even from your body on the cross;

The heart’s blood of our maker shed for us.


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3 responses to “Good Measure, Running Over!

  1. How excellent that Chelmsford have a poet in residence! There are always accountants in residence to remind us of our pecuniary responsibilities but you need poets to remind you about Fulness. And did I catch a hint of Herbert’s metre here? It would seem appropriate.
    A PS… I completed my first reading of Mariner recently. What a rich experience! How significant that Coleridge’s contemporaries found his Christianity a problem. And it does not seem that they ever dismissed it as a sad decline into conservatism as they did with Wordsworth. That too is not entirely fair as any reader of the Ecclesiastical Sonnets should admit.
    I am most grateful to you for Mariner. It is encouraging me to read Coleridge and it will be a companion to my reading from now on.

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