MOST RECENT POSTS

In this column you will find the most recent posts unless you have selected a specific poem, meditation or collection/index in which case that single item will appear here.

Saturday, 25 June 2022

Shepherds and Women Unheeded


Shepherds and women unheeded

 

Shepherds and women unheeded

were God’s extraordinary choice

to be first to carry both Birth news,

and to give Resurrection its voice.

 

Yes! Uplifting the least and the lowly

is God’s preferential choice

as he yearns to see transcendent justice

that gives to the humble a voice.

 

So, with thanks for the women and shepherds 

to whom God entrusted those deeds

of proclaiming Christ’s great revelations:

let us passionately follow their leads.

 

OR - Maybe an alternative third verse …

 

(Yet the powerful, the great and the wealthy

All too often would drown out such pleas

By crushing God’s longing for justice

through lust, venality, greed.)





Thursday, 16 June 2022

Look Around In Many Towns and Villages...

This is a companion poem to 'The Song of The Rooftop’ published here just a week ago. Both are fairly lighthearted poems written with the idea that school-age children might be able to use them to start a conversation about a fairly prominent statement demonstrating a community’s desire to do all it can to protect out fragile planet.


I will add to this post over the next two-or-three weeks as I find information which can supplement this poem. One thought would be that this and/or its companion could be included in an end-of-term concert. So, watch this space, and watch also for a post which will list around 10 or 12 items, all of which could, similarly be introduced into end-of-term concerts. 



Solar Panels on St Barnabas (Barney’s) Derby: 

Photo credit Pixaby.


Oh Yes! Don’t worry if people quote Listed Building Status as a problem: there are lots of helpful precedents, including solar panels on two Cathedrals - Gloucester (installed 2016) and Salisbury (installed 2020).


Look Around In Many Towns and Villages.

 

Look around, in many towns

and villages you’ll find, 

there's a parish church

which has weathered storm and wind, 

down the years. There, people

have met to mark the dates,

of life and death occasions

and often celebrate.

 

Almost all these churches

have nave roofs that face South:

they'll get the sun upon them 

throughout the daylight hours; 

and as they’re large and well-placed

to gather solar power,

with big arrays of panels 

they can drive emissions down.

 

So why not ask the Vicar,

and chat around the town

to see if there are people

whose backing could be found,

to help to make this happen 

in your community

to help towards an earth that can

from fossil fuels break free?

 

Trevor Thorn June 2022


The companion poem The Song of the Church Rooftop' can be found HERE

Thursday, 9 June 2022

Song of The Church Rooftop!

Stellar flares CGI by the author

At the end of a week on the beautiful island of Iona looking at the Wonders of Creation - so now a lighthearted approach to helping preserve it - AND a challenge to Churches to witness to their neighbours as good stewards.

This could be incorporated into an end-of-term concert especially at Church Schools as a lighthearted way of bringing the voices of children and Parochial Church Council members (or their equivalent) together.

Song of The Church Rooftop.

Tune: Bunessan

 

I am a rooftop,

pitched and south-facing,

over the nave of my parish church.

Please let me gather,

via solar panels,

sun’s rays to help with

saving the Earth.

 

I and my siblings

in ev’ry parish

could form long chains of

energy banks,

witnessing widely.

With far-sighted stewards,

sharing our blessings,

and giving God thanks!

 

Trevor Thorn: June 2022

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

SMILE!

  
 This and all images in this post from Pixabay

Smile

 

You smile, I’ll smile, together smile, 

for smiling makes us both feel good;

it stimulates our happiness,

our brains, aroused, have understood

our facial muscles’ clear intent

to signal joy or quiet content.

 

The brain produces chemicals

which act to cause a feedback loop.

The muscles round the mouth and eyes,

respond again, the smiles don’t stop

but foster further joyfulness

and spread more signs of happiness.

 



Did Jesus smile? O surely, yes!

For many folk to him were drawn.

Unless he’d at Zaccheus smiled,

that taxman might have not climbed down

to eat, where cordial smiles surged round

as he, to Christ, pledged change profound.

 

Christ would have smiled with those he healed,

for such a smile would play a part

in giving hope for a release 

from any ailment - a new start.

Glad, marvelling smiles would sweep the crowds

as vigour blessed lives once bowed down.

 




He’d smile whilst watching children play

delighting in their innocence.

Funerals and weddings acted out

and games of lesser consequence.

Those children would smile back, engaged

by genial interest in their games.

 

The women who encountered Christ

would smile with him, calm and secure:

ill, or possessed, or by a well,

when Jesus smiled, they’d know for sure

that they were valued, not in lust

but in a love that they could trust.

 



As Jesus smiled, time after time, 

His brain, and muscles in his face

would have responded just as ours:

for fully human, full of grace

was God’s own son who lived on earth,

full knowing what a smile is worth.


* * * * *

 

 

The genesis of this poem came from watching a video of the Glasgow based Christian music group called ‘Celtic Worship’. Throughout their performance of ‘I Stand Amazed’, they smile together over and again, enhancing the whole performance with a sense of joy that complements the thrill of the song itself. Having noticed this and watched many times, I decided it would be good to find out a little bit about what happens when we smile. Thank you ‘Celtic Worship’.

 

I found on the web several explanations of the science of a smile but for the sake of the brevity needed for a poem, I had to abstract only the barest details of research into smiling. Quite quickly I found that smiling is helpfully described as ‘contagious’ and that feedback loops between the brain and the facial muscles are part of a brief, so intentionally simple, explanation. The chemicals in verse 2 are known as endorphins. They form in the part of the brain that houses our pleasure and pain-defence receptors. I decided this had to suffice for the purpose of this poem because, given the musical starting point for the reflective process preceding the writing, I was keen to expand the theme to think about Jesus smiling. That feels an important connection to me, because there is an all-too-present danger of coming to regard Jesus as somewhat unapproachable. For me

it is undoubtedly pleasing to think that in normal day-to-day life he was almost certainly more often joyful than gloomy?

 

I like to think of him with a frequent radiant smile that drew many, many people to him to listen to his life-changing Good News.

 

So that is what this poem celebrates.

 

‘Celtic Worship’s’, ‘I Stand Amazed’ can be found HERE

 

As part of my thinking about Jesus Smiling, I compiled a list of events and places where I thought Jesus would almost certainly smiled. The list follows and if this is an idea that resonates with you, you might like to add to the list for, as it stands, it is definitely not comprehensive!

 

At Zacchaeus as he offered to eat with him       Luke Ch 19. v 8-10

At Mary at the Wedding Feast in Cana (maybe enigmatically!) John Ch 1 v 47 - Ch 2 v 6

At new Disciples when he called them    Matthew Ch 4 v 18-22

In the carpenter’s shop when complimented by Joseph

At the woman at the well    John Ch 4 v 6-17

At the grateful leper        Luke Ch 17 v 11-17

At the woman with the issue of blood    Mark Ch 5 v 26 - 34

At the beauty around him

At the stars of the night

At Jairus daughter and at Jairus and his wife

At Mary, Martha and Lazarus

On the Centurion with the dying servant

At those who thanked him for the bread and fish handed out in the wilderness                 

At children who he watched playing

At those who welcomed him to Jerusalem    

At those who welcomed him and the disciples into their homes

At the blind man who was cured

at the woman who was not stoned

As he told stories  The Good Samaritan/ Prodigal son

After he had admonished Peter ‘Get thee behind me, Satan’

At the recovered Legion

At the creatures in the desert                                                

At the parents of any children he had cured                         

During the story of the houses on sand and rock                  ’

At the woman who anointed his feet 

At John after his Baptism

At Nathaniel (I saw you under the fig tree)

At the Canaanite woman ‘Even the dogs…’

 

* * * * * *

 

The scientific ideas incorporated in this post were drawn from a British Council blog which published work by a young scientist named Ding Li. You can read that post by clicking HERE https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/famelab-whats-science-behind-smile

Saturday, 9 April 2022

To the Russian people who seek out truth. ‘Amid the haze of desecration.’ After reading Lermontov’s' The Sail.

To the Russian people who seek out truth.


‘Amid the haze of desecration.’



(Written after reading Lermontov’s The Sail in translation by Vladimir Nabakov)

 

Amid the haze of desecration,

a tank retreats full shamefully.

Why have you thrust war on your neighbour?

Why make youth die so pointlessly?

 

Your Leader lies, your media likewise,

disgracefully distort the past;

alas you’re told no truthful present:

your hideous crimes are mounting fast.

 

On the ground, you’ve killed the blameless,

from the skies, you’ve terror spread;

your troops are now despised aggressors,

of evil storms where peace has bled.

 

May miracles attend your victims,

may golden rays bring justice home.

And you the blessed of Holy Russia

chase out your cockerel’s bloodied comb.


Переведено с помощью www.DeepL.com/Translator (бесплатная версия)

 Достойным людям России.

'Среди дымки осквернения'.


(Написано после прочтения "Паруса" Лермонтова в переводе Владимира Набакова)


Среди дымки оскверненья,

танк позорно отступает.

Зачем вы навязали войну соседу?

Зачем заставляете молодежь гибнуть так бессмысленно?


Ваш лидер лжет, ваши СМИ тоже,

позорно искажают прошлое;

увы, вам не говорят правды о настоящем:

ваши ужасные преступления быстро растут.


На земле вы убивали невиновных,

с неба вы распространили террор;

ваши войска теперь презираемые агрессоры,

злобные бури там, где мир истекал кровью.


Пусть чудеса сопутствуют вашим жертвам,

пусть золотые лучи принесут правосудие домой.

А вы, благословенные Святой Руси

прогони окровавленный гребень своего петушка.



Tuesday, 5 April 2022

40 DAYS and 40 NIGHTS (DAY 34 MONDAY to DAY 40 SUNDAY) by Peter Thorn.

Day 34 - For all who cannot feel forgiven or forgive



DAY 34 MORNING

Many of us will carry guilt for some things we have done about which we might be ashamed. This may mean we are unable to feel forgiven. Some will turn to confession which may a big help but for many this is something they are not familiar with or would feel comfortable about. If you are unable to feel forgiven by anything you have done and of which you are ashamed talk to God about it, say you are sorry and truly believe you can be forgiven. You might be surprised.

Prayer – Forgiving Father we are sorry for all the hurt we have caused to you and to our fellow men. Help us to forgive and to know that we are forgiven

 

DAY 34 EVENING                  

Some people are unable to forgive another for something they have done which has caused real hurt. Others have an incredible ability to forgive even forgiving someone who may have murdered their child. They say that by doing this they do not carry the pain and grief in the same way. They often think about the events in the perpetrators life that led them to carry out this terrible act.

If you have been unable to forgive someone try and think about it from the other persons’ viewpoint. Often situations arose from something fairly trivial. Maybe now is the time to speak to a family member or friend you once shared love with but have now fallen out with. Let us not take these things to the grave.

Prayer – Father forgive me for any grudges or grievances that I bear or have borne


Day 35 – For child soldiers



DAY 35 MORNING

We think of all children forced into becoming soldiers, those having to grow up to see and do things that young eyes should never have to encounter or to do things that should never be asked of them.

Prayer – Father God pray for all child soldiers that it will not shape their entire lives and that there will be opportunity for them to break free.

DAY 35 EVENING

May those who recruit young children for the purpose of fighting and killing be made to face up to the awfulness of what they are doing. Through our prayer this night may at least someone realise the terrible error of their ways. 

Prayer - Father remember all child soldiers and that it is not their decision to choose this path. Be merciful to them and bring protection to those who they are told to harm


Day 36 - For all who long for but cannot have children



DAY 36 MORNING

Help us never to forget those unable to have children of their own although they would dearly love to. Make us sensitive to anyone in this position particularly on days like Mothering Sunday or when speaking of our own children and grandchildren. 

Prayer – Loving and merciful Lord we pray that all who are unable to have children will find happiness, fulfilment and comfort in other ways

DAY 36 EVENING

Tonight we think of those who would have dearly loved to have a child but have never met anyone. For any whose disabilities or injuries prevent them from the opportunity to enjoy parenthood. At the same time we remember all unwanted children. 

 

Prayer – We hold before God all who are saddened by never having met someone to love them or for them to love and all who because of disability are unable to have children of their own. May they know that you always love them


Day 37 - For the Police, Ambulance services, Fire service and coastguards



DAY 37 MORNING

We give thanks for all the emergency services, for those who put their own lives at risk to protect ours. We know that people in the emergency services often have to put up with violence, abuse, and hate. 

Prayer – Lord Jesus we give thanks for the patience, kindness and commitment shown to us by all working for the emergency services. Please keep them safe throughout this day

DAY 37 EVENING

Whilst we sleep so many in the emergency services will be working through this night to care for us and keep us safe.

Prayer – With thankful hearts we hold before you Heavenly Father all who will sacrifice their own safety this night to keep us safe


Day 38 - For all volunteers and for the RNLI



DAY 38 MORNING

So many people give of their time to care for others by volunteering. Volunteering means putting others before self and so we give thanks for all who feel called in this way. Create in us all Lord caring and loving hearts

Prayer – Dear Jesus with are so thankful for all volunteers. We praise you for all acts of mercy and kindness that will be freely shown this day

DAY 38 EVENING

We especially pray for the RNLI who risk their own lives to save others. We think of the many who have died by serving in this way. Protect all at sea this night and bless the work of the RNLI and all lifeboat crews

Prayer – Dear Jesus we give thanks for volunteers who will work this night especially for anyone helping those who are homeless and for the work of the Samaritans. 


Day 39 - For victims of the unprovoked killing in Ukraine, of the holocaust, genocide, and all 'ethnic cleansing'



DAY 39 MORNING

Hold in your thoughts this day all who have been the victims of the unprovoked maliciousness against Ukraine, the holocaust, genocides and ethnic cleansing. 

Prayer – Holy Father we pray this day for all who continue to be victims of so called ethnic cleansing especially the Ukrainians, the Rohingya and Uigurs people

DAY 39 EVENING

Tonight let us hold before God all people who suffer as did the victims of the Holocaust

Prayer – Loving God we keep in our prayers people of all faiths, for those in minority groups and for those who are targeted unjustly. We pray for all people of faith.


Day 40 - For the poor



DAY 40 MORNING

Jesus said that we will always have the poor with us. Throughout today let each one of us give thought as to how we can better help those who are poor. We confess to being attracted to things that money can buy which only bring temporary satisfaction or happiness. Help us to strive for the riches which Christ brings in the hopes we might be more generous to those in need.

Prayer – Help us Lord to be generous to the poor 

DAY 40 EVENING

Let us not go to sleep before remembering those who will go to bed hungry this night. 

Prayer – Dear Lord Jesus we pray for all sleeping out tonight, those ravaged by poverty and for all in debt. Show us Lord how we can be more generous. Amen.

 

From: Trevor Thorn Blogger for this site: I am grateful to my brother for this sequence of '40 Days and 40 Nights' and to those of you who have followed the sequence. You might now like to Click through HERE to my site with Holy Week material including a sequence 'Unreported Moments from First Century Jerusalem' in which I try to help build an understanding of the reasons the people of Jerusalem turned from ‘Hosanna’ to ‘Crucify’ in the space of one eventful week

 

Monday, 28 March 2022

40 DAYS and 40 NIGHTS (DAY 27- MONDAY to DAY 33- SUNDAY) by Peter Thorn

Day 27 - For the families of stillborn babies or of children that have died young




DAY 27 MORNING

It is deeply distressing to encounter those sad times when children pre-decease their parents: so our prayers today focus on the parents and families of children that are stillborn or who die at a young age. 

Prayer – Lord Jesus Christ we hold before you all those parents who have to grieve the death of their own children, and pray that those who minister to them may either find the right words to say or sense the need to just be alongside them and share their grief with tears or in silence

DAY 27 EVENING

We offer up to you all who have been stillborn or have died at a young age and we remember those Mothers who died giving birth. For those who are unable to get the medical help and assistance they need. 

Prayer – Holy Lord we weep with those who have lost a child this day. May those infants rest in Peace and rise in glory.


Day 28 - For World leaders that their conscience would lead them to justice, compassion & fairness



DAY 28 MORNING                 

For the leaders of all nations praying that those who put themselves and greed ahead of the needs of the people they represent may have their consciences disturbed to the point that they change their ways.

We remember the leaders of our own country giving thanks for the faithfulness of our Queen Elizabeth. We pray for the Prime Minister, the Government and the Opposition that they may have the interests of the poorest and the marginalised at the heart of any decisions they may make this day

Prayer – God save our gracious Queen and all in authority under her

DAY 28 EVENING

That in the hearts of all World Leaders may be a desire for peace and justice. For those leaders who have erred we pray that they made be made to confront the pain and suffering they are inflicting by their selfish actions. 

Prayer – Dearest God, through the power of prayer and through the love of our Lord Jesus Christ may World leaders be made to confront the consequences of their actions


Day 29 - for those who have died during the past night and those who will die this day or night 



DAY 29 MORNING

Death comes unexpectedly to some through accident, unfortunate circumstance, illness or in war zones. With this in mind we hold before you those who have lost their lives during the past night and for those who will lose their life today. We pray for their family and friends as they receive this news.

Prayer – Loving Heavenly Father we pray for the souls of all who will depart this life today especially for any who have lived good and faithful lives. We give thanks for all they have done.

DAY 29 EVENING

We remember that each time someone dies several others can become involved. As we think of people who will have died this day we say a special thank you for any who have comforted them in their hour of death, for the emergency services who will have dealt with the various circumstances arising from the deaths and for any good Samaritans who have tried to help as best possible.

Prayer – Dearest Lord we pray for funeral directors and for all pastoral ministers


Day 30 - For all who are frightened 




DAY 30 MORNING

We know people are frightened for a variety of reasons. Let us remember those who live in fear, those frightened by other family members, those frightened of being attacked. We hold before you any who are frightened by a medical condition, those in fear of a knock on the door by a money lender or a bailiff.

Prayer – By your mercy help us to recognise anyone in fear and then to offer to be a comfort

DAY 30 EVENING

We hold before you this night any who fear an attack by a gang or someone bearing a grievance. For all in fear from terrorists. 

As this day gives way to night we remember all who in the darkness are frightened. 

Prayer – Father God may they know the comfort of your love and may your Holy Angels guard over them. Amen


Day 31 - For all who self-harm



DAY 31 MORNING

The act of self-harming is often a sign that something else is amiss. We pray that those who self- harm may find help for the underlying reason of their self- harming

DAY 31 EVENING      

We pray for all who will self-harm this night that they may not do permanent damage to themselves and that they will find someone they can confide in about the reasons behind their actions


Day 32 - For any who have been abandoned



DAY 32 MORNING

Remember all who this day feel abandoned. Those who have been turned out of their home through conflict. For all who have been let down. For children sold into slavery. Remembering any for whom life feels hopeless.

Lord we hold in your presence all this day feeling abandoned and on their own. May they never be deprived of the care you have for them.

DAY 32 EVENING


Day 33 - For all who long for reconciliation



For all living on the streets of the World this night and who feel thoroughly alone and abandoned. We pray that a stranger may engage with them to give them new hope. This we ask in the name of Jesus our Lord and Saviour

DAY 33 MORNING

Remember any who long for reconciliation either with children, parents or family. We think of all those stupid disagreements that have got out of hand and that have escalated to the point of a break up in relationships. For all who long for reconciliation but are frightened or too stubborn to make the first move. Melt all our hearts O Lord

DAY 33 EVENING

We pray this night for reconciliation amongst Nations. We pray for those leaders in power and authority by whose actions alone reconciliation can be achieved. May they be open to the voices of those who aspire for reconciliation 

Friday, 25 March 2022

For Ukraine: A Lament based on Psalm 23 (З українською версією, перекладеною Google-перекладами)

 


Ukrainian Airport after Russian attack

Written at a Quiet Day: ‘Retreat into the Psalms’: 19.3.22:

 

A Lament based on Psalm 23

 

When reading Psalms, we, in the UK read them against the background of this time of long peace (since 1945) which must be one of the longest peace periods in the terrain of any country on record: we are very blessed. But this makes it impossible to even begin to imagine what it is like to be terrorised by armed aggressors and have to flee for your life. Something so traumatic, so terrifying, so appalling must surely justify even one of the most comforting of Psalms being turned into a Lament. Here is an inevitably inexperienced attempt at Lament for the people of Ukraine and every other battle zone of this sad world, where evil forces innocent people to forsake everything with which they are familiar, to survive.

 

I dedicate this to the people of Ukraine – and pray for miracles for them.

 

A Lament based on Psalm 23

  

The Lord is my shepherd:

But the wolf has chased me from green pastures

and I am in a wilderness;

a place without water,

a place without comfort,

a place of terror for me and my lambs.

 

I shall not want:

But I do want.

I want to be taken home without the menace

of tanks and missiles

and invading forces.

 

He makes me lie down in green pastures 

and leads me beside still waters:

I have had to forsake

all the green pastures I have ever known

as I flee for my life and my children’s lives.

Neither are there any still waters

In this surging, chaotic tempest. 

 

He restores my soul:

Nothing, but nothing can restore

my soul in its anguish –

even the kindness of strangers

who do what they can to help from day to day.

I need the light of the Lord

to penetrate this,

the darkest night of my soul;

my night of bitter tears.

 

He leads me in the paths of righteousness:

But I am chased with my fellow refugees

into the murderous swamps of evil

and despondency because of those

who wish us harm.

 

For His Names sake:

I have called.

My companions have called on you Lord:

but it is as if you are deaf to our calls.

 

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil:

I am full of fear

for my life, 

for the lives of my children

and my children’s children:

for our assailants

kill us indiscriminately

and I feel as if you are absent.

 

For you are with me, Your rod and staff comfort me.

I am as a lamb

abandoned by my shepherd.

Your rod and Your staff

give me little comfort

against the armaments

that are flung against me

and my companions of the moment,

as each bleak minute

follows each bleak minute.

 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

I long for the abundance of a feast 

in the presence of my enemies;

but they would have me starve to death.

I long to see the fruits of my home country

feeding my own people

in their homes and in their fields.

 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

O mighty God, who delights in peace and justice,

Restore, soon, our homes, 

restore our communities

and bring the mighty gift of shalom back into our land,

which the Enemy

has so wilfully destroyed.

 

Trevor Thorn: March 2022.


A PDF Version to download for printing can be found HERE


In Ukrainian by Google Translation


Плач на основі Псалма 23
 
Читаючи псалми, ми у Великобританії читаємо їх на тлі цього довгого миру (з 1945 року), який має бути одним із найдовших мирних періодів на території будь-якої країни за всю історію: ми дуже благословенні. Але це не дає можливості навіть уявити, що таке тероризувати збройні агресори і рятуватися життям тікати. Щось таке травмуюче, таке жахливе, таке жахливе, безсумнівно, повинно виправдати, щоб навіть один із найвтішних псалмів перетворився на Плач. Тут неодмінно недосвідчена спроба Плачу за народом України та будь-якої іншої зони бою цього сумного світу, де зло змушує невинних людей покинути все, що їм знайоме, щоб вижити.
 
Я присвячую це народу України – і молюся про чудеса для них.
Плач на основі Псалма 23
  
Господь мій пастир:
Але вовк прогнав мене з зелених пасовищ
а я в пустині;
місце без води,
місце без затишку,
місце жаху для мене та моїх ягнят.
 
я не хочу:
Але я хочу.
Я хочу, щоб мене забрали додому без загрози
танків і ракет
і сили вторгнення.
 
Він змушує мене лежати на зелених пасовищах
і веде мене біля тихих вод:
Мені довелося відмовитися
всі зелені пасовища, які я коли-небудь знав
як я втікаю за своє життя та життя своїх дітей.
Немає і тихої води
У цій бурхливій, хаотичній бурі.
 
Він відновлює мою душу:
Ніщо, але ніщо не може відновити
моя душа в муках -
навіть доброзичливість незнайомців
які щоденно допомагають чим можуть.
Мені потрібно світло Господнє
щоб проникнути в це,
найтемніша ніч моєї душі;
моя ніч гірких сліз.
Він веде мене стежками праведності:
Але мене ганяють з моїми побратимами-біженцями
у вбивчі болота зла
і зневіра через те
які бажають нам зла.
 
Заради Його імен:
я подзвонив.
Мої супутники закликали Тебе, Господи:
але наче ти глухий до наших закликів.
 
Хоч я йду долиною смертної тіні,
Я не буду боятися зла:
Я сповнена страху
за моє життя,
за життя моїх дітей
і діти моїх дітей:
для наших нападників
вбивати нас без розбору
і я відчуваю, ніби ти відсутній.
 
Бо Ти зі мною, Твій жезл і жезл мене втішають.
Я як ягня
покинута моїм пастухом.
Твій жезл і Твій посох
дай мені мало втіхи
проти озброєння
які кидаються проти мене
і мої супутники моменту,
як кожна похмура хвилина
слідує за кожною похмурою хвилиною.
 
Ти готуєш переді мною стіл перед моїми ворогами.
Я прагну до великого бенкету
в присутності моїх ворогів;
але вони хотіли б, щоб я помер з голоду.
Я прагну побачити плоди рідної країни
годувати свій народ
у своїх домівках і на своїх полях.
 
Напевно, добро і милосердя супроводжуватимуть мене по всі дні мого життя.
О, могутній Боже, що насолоджуєшся миром і справедливістю,
Відновіть, швидше, наші домівки,
відновити наші громади
і повернути могутній дар Шалому в нашу землю,
який Ворог
так свідомо знищив.


Another Prayer for Ukraine can be found at Sennacherib 2022

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Nativity Star (CGI)

Nativity Star (CGI)
Nativity Star: This image will link you to the collection of new Carols on this site. Also, the image can easily be copied onto an overhead acetate and used as a window decoration. Easy for children to achieve. Note the cross at the centre of the star.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Celtic cross candle (Photo)

Celtic cross candle (Photo)
Celtic Cross and candle' linked to the poem 'Awesome, Wonderful Creator'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

My Mesh Mask for Radiotherapy

My Mesh Mask for Radiotherapy
This is the mask which was moulded to my face to ensure the radiotherapy I had in April 2017 was precisely targeted. You can read more by clicking on the image

Double Celebration

Double Celebration
Pam, who has been magnificent in caring for me since my Cancer diagnosis in October and I celebrate the end of Radiotherapy and our 36th Wedding Anniversary (Note the return of some hair!). Click on the image to read about the treatment - and waiting.

St Neots Sunset (Photo)

St Neots Sunset (Photo)
Surrounded by beauty: Whie 'Evolution and Beauty' became one of the most viewed poems on this blog, Pam, my wife took this gorgeous picture of a sunset over the flatlands of Cambridgeshire UK. Click on it to go to the poem

Gabriel - written/painted by Pam, my wife in 2015

Gabriel - written/painted by Pam, my wife in 2015
Gabriel began the Christmas story with his visit to Mary. The story is told in our Christmas collection in the Carol, Go to Nazareth My Great Messenger. Click on this image to take you there.

Maple Leaf Nebula (CGI)

Maple Leaf Nebula (CGI)
IMAGINARY IMAGE TO CELEBRATE CANADA DAY: Click on this his imaginary 'Maple Leaf Nebula' to take you to a poem entitled 'Nebula' (image not to be confused with NGC 2024, the Flame Nebula which is also known as the Maple Leaf)

Beauty in the Garden - June 2016

Beauty in the Garden - June 2016
Beauty in the Garden - June 2016

Aurora Imagined over Iona (Watercolour & pastel)

Aurora Imagined over Iona (Watercolour & pastel)
First posted here on Adomnan’s day (23rd September) 2015. An imagined natural phenomenom that could be seen to resonate mystically with the idea of Iona being a ‘thin place’ where heaven brushes earth.

Assisi Sunset

Assisi Sunset
Assisi Sunset

Thinking about the Brain

Thinking about the Brain
This image is formed from a small section of neural pathways posted by the Koch Institute, clipped, part inverted and stitched together. It is intended to impart a sense of our extensive, but still partial understanding of what goes on in that awesome part of our bodies, our brains. By clicking on the image, you will be taken to a celebratory poem/song ‘For Amazement by Beauty’ about all of our senses.

Source (CGI by Trevor Thorn)

Source (CGI by Trevor Thorn)
Source: Expand the image to reveal its heart

Rainbow spiral (CGI)

Rainbow spiral (CGI)
'Rainbow Spiral' to accompany 'Darkness,Illuminator' . Find the poem by clicking on the iImagined mage

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'