As a history teacher, Seth’s experience with exploring his questions and concerns about church history beautifully parallels the lines from Robert Frost about how woods can be “lovely, dark and deep.” Seth shares how he still mitigates the mundane aspects of every day faith and how he has learned to appreciate his lived experiences and interactions with others as a form of worship.

     The Gerard Manley Hopkins poem referenced in the podcast is “Pied Beauty.”

“Pied Beauty”

Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
 And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
 Praise him.

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