A Bespoke Savior


“I will begin as you began*,”
He whispered,
“But I will suffer what you ought
That you might not.

“I am your Bespoke Savior.

“Don’t try to shape Me
To fit your purposes
Though —
Let Me shape you
For Mine.

You can be bespoke too.”


Quite honestly, I was not familiar with the word BESPOKE.

I thought it sounded King James-ish. I could picture angels bespeaking or God bespeaking — and in the end, that’s the direction I took.

Bespoke definitely means something different, though, than what I thought.

From oxforddictionaries.com



1. Made for a particular customer or user:
‘a bespoke suit’
‘bespoke kitchens’
‘bespoke software systems’
‘group tours and bespoke itineraries’

From Wikipedia:

Bespoke is an adjective for anything commissioned to a particular specification. It may be altered or tailored to the customs, tastes, or usage of an individual purchaser.

* Jesus is fully God and fully man. His beginning is before all time — and that’s not the beginning I was thinking of. I was thinking of the helpless baby beginning — dependent, weak, human.




dads-camera-553When I look at a family picture
I do some mental accounting —
Who are we missing? Who isn’t there?
In this sort of math, there’s no rounding —

With large families group shots are special
We never know the next time
We’ll all be together
Or really whether
It will happen anytime

Missing in the above picture: Owen, Sam, Jim, Sharon, and Ben

Missing from any future pictures: My mother and my brother, Stewart, who have passed away since then



img_0863There’s a treasure in this picture —
(Yes, I know the scene’s not right.
The magi showed up later,
Not on the blessed night.

In this overcrowded stable
With two babies — it’s confusing —
The set-up isn’t finished,
No one’s trying to be amusing –)

Well, the valuable gift
Isn’t in the wise man’s coffer,
Although I’m sure he gave
The best he had to offer.

And it’s not the little lamb
The shepherd boy is holding.
And it’s not the unlit star
Hanging from the molding.

No — the greatest gift that’s there
(and you’ve heard all this before)
Is the idea of God incarnate
Oh, Come! Let us adore!

Syracuse University — 1978


What was the issue?
I’m trying to remember…
But the sky was blue
The temperature quite warm
University protest

I’ve participated in two protests.

One was during my freshman year at Syracuse University and I have absolutely no idea what we were protesting as we staged a sit-in in front of the Administration Building (now called the Tolley Building).



There once were these people called Lollards
Who for their faith they were collared
And burned at the stake —
A pretty tough break —
Wycliffe was the leader they followed

Church history lesson  —

So — I was going for my evening walk listening to a podcast called In Our Time: History put out by the BBC. I can’t tell you precisely which episode I was listening to because I’ve been binging on them.  You know — so much history to learn, so little time.

I’m pretty sure it was the episode on Margery Kempe and English Mysticism. Yes, I’m about 99.5% sure of that.

Well, they talk in British accents — most of them anyway. There’s an occasional Scot, and I’m pretty sure that, on the episode I was listening to last night, one woman had a German accent, but that’s beside the point.

Most of the guests are Brits — and I could listen to them all day. Love the accent.

And I understand what they’re saying 99.5% of the time.

But on this one particular episode, I thought they were talking about La-la-dee <— the phonetic spelling of what I heard. I made a note on my phone to look it up because I wanted to know more.

When all you’ve got is the auditory version of a word, spoken with a British accent to boot, looking information up can prove difficult, but I finally found the Lollards.


Sad but true — I probably have but didn’t pay attention.

John Wycliffe translated the Bible into English back in 1382. Then the Lollards tacked a petition to Parliament on the door of Westminster Hall in 1395 — and when I read that, I thought, Wasn’t it Martin Luther that did something like that?

And it was. Martin Luther also translated the Bible into the vernacular. He nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of All Saints’ Chapel in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517.

Hmmm… I wonder where he got the idea.

I need to go back and study the two.

Or look for a podcast about them.

But the Lollards were considered heretics and many were martyred — hence this post — the Daily Prompt was “martyr“.