About Dr. J (Lonnell Johnson)

Lonnellhdshot

Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe

Having been blessed with a diverse life, I have worked as pharmacist, poet, professor, pastor, and publisher, among other careers. I always seek to observe life from a spiritual perspective and look forward to sharing my observations and insight. Often I quote St. Augustine who said, “To contemplate the truth and to share the fruits of that contemplation.” It seems as though I am always thinking, and many times in waxing reflective, I also wax poetic, with a resultant piece of poetry or commentary which I enjoy sharing. Recently I have been aware of how much that I learned in my more than 25 years of as a practicing pharmacist still influences me today. As a writer for Examiner.com I published an article in celebration of National American Pharmacists Month:

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-20264-Columbus-Christian-Spirituality-Examiner~y2009m10d4-American-pharmacist-month-personal-connection–reflection

I conclude the article with a poem composed a number of years ago. You might say it is the signature piece for this new blog that I have started which I call “Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe.” I invite you to stop by and see what remedies I have been working on recently, as I continue to compound:

After the Art of the Apothecary

And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment,
an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary:
it shall be an holy anointing oil.
Exodus 30:25 [KJV]

I desire to follow recipes and not to vary
From the prescribed formulas for the remedies I need,
To compound after the art of the apothecary.

I long to work circumspectly and always be wary,
To measure and mix precisely for love and not for greed.
I desire to follow recipes and not to vary.

I recall yearning to learn from childhood days in Gary,
To weigh my decisions and follow as the Lord would lead,
To compound after the art of the apothecary.

I seek to formulate my ideal art and to marry
Vocation and avocation as one of love and need.
I desire to follow recipes and not to vary.

I attempt to move with wisdom but never to tarry
To master each prescription, to excel and to succeed,
To compound after the art of the apothecary.

The sweet smelling savor I desire my life to carry
Is the pure, holy anointing oil tempered of my need.
I desire to follow recipes and not to vary,
To compound after the art of the apothecary.

Advertisements

3 Responses to “About Dr. J (Lonnell Johnson)”

  1. Melissa Johnson Says:

    Thanks for the wonderful daily medicine. I’m feeling much better now! Love you.

  2. Lonnell Johnson Says:

    “Good Medicine” is designed to make you feel “better.” This is true, but also remember the motto: “Good, better, best…never let it rest, until your good is better and your better is best.”

    The Good Doctor J

  3. Greg Wiese Says:

    Lonnell,

    How great to find you. Been a long time since Fort Sam. I can see your a very busy man, muddlin’ thru life. Love to talk to you.e-mail you phone #

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: