Holy Sonnet X:
Death, be not proud, though some have callèd thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which yet thy pictures be,
Much pleasure, then from thee much more, must low
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones and soul’s delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings and desperate men
And dost with poison, war and sickness dwell,
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell’st thou then ?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.
My deep love for John Donne’s Holy Sonnet’s was born in my 1st year English class. There is a beauty in the way he describes the deepest fears of the human soul and yet at the same time is able to bring light out of the darkness of these same fears. My love for this poem in particular occurred when I watched the film adapted play “Wit”. In the play a Donne Scholar is diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer and chooses to treat it quite intensely. This poem echos throughout her journey in the film and creates some very personal haunting moments. I can hear the last two lines ringing in my ears as clear as ever today.
One short sleep past,
we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more;
Skakes - check out this reading
“So here I am
challenged by your word
to feed them
that I don’t have enough
no where near enough
but I wont get caught there
give all that I have
all my fish to Jesus
for you have more resources
then I’ll ever know
so I’ll hand over
my only loaves
for the Lord of broken pieces
has taken what I have
and surprised me with a feast”
Lance Clifford Odegard-Fish To Jesus: With The Chance To Feel
I have a job at the U of L doing maintenance work.
I have some great things on the go.
I have something’s that I am very excited to start.
I have started to really embrace my call and start the process to get to seminary and eventually get on the ELCIC list (Evangelical Lutheran Church In Canada).
However, the excitement I feel toward finally going forward is also backed with some trepidation. I know going forward is right but it is a lot to take in. A lot to be accountable for. If you would have told me 6 years ago the path my life would have taken by this point…all the things I would have to go through to be sitting here today knowing what I do. I would have looked at you in stunned silence and then awkwardly laughed it off. But I am finally seeing the purpose and that in itself is enough. I know I would not be sitting here, where I am, about to embark without every last one of those experiences good or bad. While the thought of another 4 years of schooling after just finishing my final year at the U of L is slightly disheartening…the possibility of being fully embraced by the ELCIC as an out and proud candidate in 2011 brings me a lot of hope and joy for not only my future but also that of the wider Chruch.
A Summary of the Steps to Ordination or Consecration in the ELCIC
The following steps describe the process set out by the ELCIC for preparation and formation leading to approval for ordained or consecrated ministry in the church.
1) Contact with the Synod Office to obtain a Registration Packet
2) Submission of the completed Registration Packet to the Synod Committee for Theological Education including: application, autobiographical essay, congregational recommendation and other letters of recommendation
3) Completion of a Structured Interview
4) Psychological and Career Evaluation
5) Endorsement for candidacy for a specific roster (ordained or lay diaconal) by CTEL
6) Assignment of a CTEL relator to the candidate and initiation of regular contact and communication
7) Application to seminary, acceptance and enrollment in a course of study leading to certification for ministry
8) Annual Developmental Interview and Annual Endorsement by CTEL
9) Completion of Supervised Pastoral Education and submission of final evaluation to CTEL
10) Completion of Internship (ordained track) or Supervised Field Experience (diaconal track) and submission of final evaluation to CTEL
11) Completion of Academic Requirements (diaconal track)
12) Completion of Formation Event (diaconal track)
13) Recommendation by CTEL to Examining Committee for examination interview
14) Completion of Senior Dossier including written examination
15) Examination interview and recommendation for call and ordination or consecration by the Examining Committee
16) Approval by the Synod Council effective for one year, renewable no more than two times; and ordination or consecration by synod bishop upon receipt and acceptance of a call.