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Years ago, the poet, Francis...

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Years ago, the poet, Francis Thompson, wrote one of the best-loved religious poems ever, celebrating the insistent nature of God's pursuit of us. He called it "The Hound of Heaven." The beginning part of it goes like this:

I fled him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled him down the arches of the years;
I fled him down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the midst of tears
I hid from him, and under running laughter....


Yet this pursuer is insistent. He will not be shaken from his course, as ...

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Good morning boys and girls,

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