Many have offered touching remembrances of Phyllis Tickle, and I have a brief one to offer as well.
I was honored to be in Phyllis's presence at St. Paul's, Richmond when she was a part of the Lenten Preaching Series. I recall her conveying a deep sense of love for this world and God's creation -- for God's incarnate reality in this place and in the Church. It was made abundantly clear in the ending to her sermon one day when she stood in the center of the chancel of the church, opened James Weldon Johnson's poem The Creation, and read it in its entirety. I had never heard it before. I thought the words, and her abundantly loving reading of those words, was perfect. That moment was perfect.
Thank you for that moment, Phyllis.
AND God stepped out on space,
And He looked around and said,
I’ll make me a world.”
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