Last weekend my church hosted a series of creativity workshops by the amazing Rev. Dr. Herbert Brokering, author, hymn writer, pastor, and the most creative individual I have ever met. My brain is still expanding as I ponder his words and teachings.
What made the weekend extra-special is that Herb and I are practically related. Stay with me here--Herb’s late wife and my mother-in-law were cousins. Kind of a stretch, but I’ll take it! In fact, I would dearly love to adopt Herb as the father I always longed for (my real dad died before my fourth birthday).
My first chance to get to know Herb was in 1997, when he came along as the spiritual director for our church group tour of the Holy Lands. I took copious notes and recorded much of our guides’ discourse during that trip, which I later typed up and saved in an album. Last weekend I pulled it out to reread and was delighted to find I’d included so many “Herb-isms”--his unique twist on biblical history, his mind-expanding insights that turn the ordinary into “special.”
Herb is 83 and not in the best of health, but he still travels the world and teaches wherever he can. His has been a life of love, service, and prayer. I’m not certain what exactly defines a “mystic,” but if there ever was one, I think it’s Herb.
I hope to share more about this incredible man in the days ahead. And I hope it won’t be long before I can spend time with him again.