Eternal Celibacy and Everlasting Love

Here’s another poem from Wilf. Wilf Copping was born in 1954 and made a commitment to celibacy in 1980. He lives in Christian community – ‘House of Living Stones’ in Northants.   Celibacy begins with the giving Of one life to another, And continues that way ever expanding Until its Read more…

I Am Yours – For Good

wilfWilf Copping, the author of the following poem, was born in Chesterfield, England in 1954. He became a Christian  in 1974 and made a commitment to celibacy in 1980. He lives in Christian community – ‘House of Living Stones’ in Northants.



Whether I am great or I am small

Serving just a few or all

If I am chosen or forgotten

Up on the top or at the bottom

I am yours.


Whether or not I see the hand

Making me whatever kind of man

Regarded as a wise man or a fool

Whether life is kind or it is cruel

I am yours.


I am yours in the darkness of my room

When only a woman’s warmth would do

For you are more than wife to me

Far more than family,

I am yours in the sunshine of your love

But give me grace so I do not move

For in the summer I so easily forget

The sun on whom my heart is set


When I am fighting in the war

Or just listening at your door

Lifting up my sword or my ear

Whatever it is I am here

I am yours.


In the storms of love

In the fire and the flood

My friends, my God

I am yours for good.


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The Gift of Exploration

Here’s a poem that was sent in to Undivided blog some time ago. I like it because it’s a very personal poem. I like it because it carries you on a journey of feeling some of what the poet has felt. I also like it because, although it homes in Read more…

The Image of Beauty

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Belonging To The People

Celibacy has been to me like the best tasting wine that increases its flavour with age. I have no regrets at beginning my journey so young – starting it when I was just 21. Of course it hasn’t always been easy, very painful at times, but my frailty and human Read more…

The heart of my call

I wrote this a few years ago. It expressed quite simply the very heart beat of what Jesus had revealed to me in living out my call as a celibate. All other gifts and ministries were always to be secondary to this call. This is all my joy To honour Read more…