David Harold Barkley
I’ve been thinking about the phrase, “welter and waste” lately. We spent the last week of Dad’s life in Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto which is coincidentally a ten minute walk away from my favourite theological bookstore. It was there I found Robert Atler’s translation of the Torah.
The Torah begins, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1:1–2 NIV). The NIV says “formless and empty.” The King James reads “without form, and void.” Robert Atler chose “welter and waste.” You’ll have to forgive this eulogy for sounding like a sermon, but I am a preacher after all!
By the time Dad reached his last days with us, the cancer had ravished his body. Bladder and bone, liver and lungs had all taken the hit. When I looked at him in the hospital bed, “welter and waste” seemed an apt description. But Dad wasn’t always like this. Continue Reading →