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Isaiah’'s words have a permanent place in my mind, worn smooth by countless repetitions. They accompany a picture of my minister father standing by the Communion Table at the front of the sanctuary in the Evergreen Baptist Church, the church which houses all my growing-up memories. As he stands there, the deacons walk the aisles serving the elements while he reads selected passages. This is one of them. And so the words have a special solemnity to them, their sound that of my father’s voice and their cadence that of the King James Version.



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