In a sermon on the prophet Isaiah's vision and call, Laurence pays tribute to Leonard Cohen by quoting from his poem "Isaiah".
Poets and prophets can’t just describe what they see. They have to reach our imaginations, and evoke visions and sensations. They take us at least a step beyond ourselves and what we can see and already know. They make us uncomfortable for awhile, or just a breath, so we’re changed.
The Isaiah we meet in the first 39 chapters of his book is an eighth-century prophet in the southern kingdom of Judah. He is first a priest. God calls him to become a prophet. As a prophet he becomes a gifted poet.