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Monday, 11 January 2021

Spirituality and Science Gallery No 8


 

Cosmic Winds

 

The wind blows,

trees tremble before its blast.

The wind abates,

earth settles into exquisite silence.

 

Stellar winds flare and gust,

turbulent

beyond our comprehension,

then in unpredictable moments

quiesce;

far flung corners

of the universe rest.

 

The Spirit of God moves,

stirs, strengthens, comforts:

God's friends and others,

oft unexpectedly,

feel that breath


Other poems in the Cross and Cosmos, Spirituality and Science Gallery can be found HERE

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

The Wise Mens' Tale: a low risk All-Age activity for Epiphany


The Wise-Mens’ Tale

Having adapted the children’s carol, 'An Angel told Shepherds' to be a lower risk version All-Age activity for coronavirus times, the same simple adaptation can be made for this -  The Wise Men’s Tale (Matthew  2, 1 – 11): an interactive all-age story.

Each child is given one of the following names (whilst remaining in their seats, which will have been suitably spaced for the service)  Caspar, Melchior, Balthazar, Camels, and Servants. (If one or two of these names have to be repeated, or left out, this story can still be used). The children have to listen out for the name they have been given, then when it comes in the story they must stand up, turn around and sit down. When Caravan is in the story, all the children must stand up, turn round and sit down.

The narrator starts telling the story slowly whilst the children get used to what they have to do, then gradually speed up. Every time we have used it, with small or large groups the children and the adults have enjoyed it    .

At the end of the seventh paragraph, follow the instructions in bold. Again in our experience, a high proportion of grown-ups present have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the ‘game’.

At the end of the story, add a few sentences to explain why the visit of the wise men was so important: thus your story-telling is integrated with your teaching.

Here’s the story

'Once upon a time, there were three Wise men who lived in the land we now call Iran. They were called Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar and they watched the stars every night to try and understand the meaning of their patterns in the sky.


One night Caspar called to Melchior “Quick! Go and fetch Balthazar then come and look at the sky with me. The three of them, Balthazar, Caspar and Melchior gazed into the Eastern sky where there was a star where they had never seen one before. Almost as they watched, it seemed to grow brighter.

Balthazar said “It’s a sign we’ve been waiting for”.

“Yes”, said Melchior, it’s the sign of a King important enough for the heavens to take notice.

Caspar said quickly “Let’s get our servants and camels and gifts and go and find him. The star is moving: it will lead us to him”

Balthazar, Caspar and Melchior called their servants. “We are going on a journey – we don’t know where and we’ll go in a great caravan to take gifts for the king which a new star will lead us to. Balthazar, Melchior and Caspar set out with their caravan.

After several days and nights, Caspar called to Balthazar and Melchior, “ I can see signs of a sandstorm, draw the caravan together so the camels form a shield for the servants and all of us. The storm came, swept over the caravan, leaving sand everywhere and passed on.

PAUSE HERE and invite EVERYONE who can to follow the  children’s lead every time ‘Caravan’ is read out.

The journey then led them through rocky mountains and deep streams. “Caspar,” Melchior said, “Balthazar, make the caravan travel as fast as it can. There are robbers in these hills but they won’t be able to catch fast moving camels. The caravan did spot some wild looking men at one stage but the camels were moving so fast the caravan soon left them behind.

The star led Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar and the whole caravan to Jerusalem. Balthazar, Caspar and Melchior decided to call on Herod – but the star was beckoning the caravan onward – on another five miles to Bethlehem. And there, Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar left the camels and took the whole caravan with them to worship the new king JESUS.'

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Coronavirus and All-Age activity: An angel told shepherds with great, great joy

Here’s our Christmas tree with its 74 angels!

This poem was written to be a carol - but in the restrictions necessitated by coronavirus this might serve as a last minute change for a Christmas service church All-Age activity for safety reasons.

First: Give everyone in church/ chapel a number between 1 and 4.

Explain that you are going to tell the story of the shepherds in verse and at the end of each verse you will call out ‘One - two - three - four

As you call each number those who have been given the number (and who are able) stand up, turn round and sit down.

To make this work, the verse needs to be read very rhythmically - so here we go...

An angel told shepherds with great, great joy

Messiah’s come to earth as a baby boy.

You’ll find him in a stable now

Borrowing the manger of an innkeeper’s cow.

Narrator calls - One,two,three,four

 

Then suddenly an angel crowd

Appeared in the night and sang out loud:

‘Glory to God’ and ‘Peace on earth’,

‘We’re celebrating Jesus’ birth’.

Narrator calls - One,two,three,four 

He has come to earth to save us all

And he’s truly lying in a stable stall.

Narrator calls - One,two,three,four

 

He came to earth for you and me

Though we finally nailed him to a tree.

But then he rose up from the grave

That we from sin could all be saved.

Narrator calls - One,two,three,four

 

So that is why the angels sang

To shepherds who to Bethlehem ran.

 

Saturday, 19 December 2020

Star of Bethlehem


With the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on Monday evening of 21st December (2020) this year, there will be even more speculation about the star that led the wise men to Jesus.

Here is one possibility.

Star of Bethlehem

No supernova that. It left no trace.
A comet? No, for such must have been seen
by literate watchers of the night-time scene
in lands far from and near that stall of grace.
Alignment or conjunction? 
They'd bestir astrologers
to go and greet a king, long prophesied,
who made past scriptures ring
with Peace, Truth, Justice.
Cause to travel far.

Far, far indeed; perhaps some twenty moons or so,
of rivers, sandstorms, hills and plain
and local brigandry.
With pointer wild, 
mysteriously guiding them to God's own Son.
And with genius, YAHWEH ordained that sign
To be his hallmark of the Saviour Child.

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Gracious God, Draw Me Closer



Picture credit: Pixabay - Aurora

Gracious God Draw Me Closer

 

Gracious God draw me closer and closer to you

through the beauty, the wonder the awe

of your glorious cosmos, that pulses with life

that you love to give cause to adore;

for all that you fashioned,

for all that you formed,

for the matter that streamed from your Word,

which in fulness of time

in this singular world

took on flesh in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

 

©Trevor Thorn December 2020

http://crossandcosmos.blogspot.com

Monday, 23 November 2020

FIREBALL: A ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Experience.


 


Sketch of Fireball based on
Photo taken by Kees H, 
 Kattendijke Zeeland, NL. North East of Brussels.
Kees’ (more dramatic) photo can be found at

 

FIREBALL: A ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Experience.

 

On Thursday 24th September this year, we were on holiday in Orford, just North of Woodbridge in Suffolk UK. It was just after 3am and from the window in the attic bedroom of the rented house, the stars were a glorious sight. Whenever I look out on a clear sky, I always wonder whether there just might be a chance of seeing a meteorite. Shooting stars are visible on most clear nights but one has to be looking at just the right moment, they are literally over in a flash and most give the appearance of just a thin line of light across the sky lasting for just moments. We have particularly watched for these on any clear nights on 12th August. On that night and for a few days either side of 12th every year there are meteor showers known as the Perseid showers. In a good year, when there are no clouds and the moon is low or out of sight, around 100 meteorites per hour can be seen. Some are bright, some have colour and some are accompanied by a faint noise. When I say we have watched for these shooting stars, we have watched on Dartmoor, on the roof of our narrow boat (when we had it), from dark beaches and dark gardens but we have never seen anything like the meteorite on 24thSeptember. This shooting star was, I realised, a ‘fireball’. It was such a spectacle that I put in a report to the UK Meteor Network which I found the following morning on the web. A second quite remarkable aspect of this event was that being in an unfamiliar bedroom, I was using my mobile phone to guide me as I moved round the bedroom, so I was able to report the time with unexpected accuracy.

 

At that point, I did not find the note on the site, which records all such reports, that fireball sightings are ‘once in a lifetime’ events. Because all I got from the site was an  eMail giving the sighting a reference number, I came near to wondering whether I had imagined the incident. I recorded the reference number, filed it on my desktop and more-or-less forgot it.

 

Then, I was doing a bit of much-needed tidying of my desktop in mid-November and was about to bin the reference number. Before doing that I thought I’d check the site out. I was amazed! The fireball was observed by six other people: two in Holland, three in Belgium and two in England. Four of those people put the timing at precisely the same moment, 03.07am in England, 04.07 in The Netherlands and 04.07 in Belgium. Four of the records, including mine, estimated the event at about 3.5 seconds long. And what was most delightful about discovering that others had seen the fireball was that one of them from Holland. Kees H of had managed to capture it on his/her camera and the photo was incorporated into the report. That is the picture shown above and accords very well with my sighting. Comprehensive details can be found on the web at https://ukmon.imo.net/imo_view/event/2020/5351 The map of the sightings is excellently displayed and shows a calculated path for the 3.5 second journey of the piece of space rock which probably entered the atmosphere between Brussels and Ghent and flared out above the North Sea somewhat to the East of Orford. That is a shame because the residual rock or bolide will be lost in the depths of the North Sea. However, the contra to that is that had it made landfall, it could have done a very considerable amount of damage – so on balance, maybe the sea was the better option!

 

If you look at the details in the reports, you will see that two of the timings are not particularly near the others. This is easily explained. It was the purest chance that I had my phone in my hand. Had I simply seen the event in a half-awake state (which could easily have happened!) I would have been left to guess the time: another observer might only have become aware that there is a site to report such incidents, maybe after a conversation with someone, possibly one or two days later. In such a circumstance one would be left guessing the time, so the discrepancies are not that surprising.

 

The website information also includes estimates of the brightness of the fireball. Because of the existence of the unexpected photograph, I realise that I substantially underestimated its brightness or magnitude: I equated it to the full moon in my report, a magnitude of -13 (the higher the negative number, the brighter the object). All but two others estimated it far brighter than I did: I think now, they were much better estimates (-16: -19: -18: -19). It was undoubtedly the brightest object I have ever seen in the night sky so my estimate was very much on the conservative side.

 

But for all the detail, I give thanks for that once-in-a-lifetime glimpse into one of the rarely seen marvels of God’s exquisite creation.

 

PS. I assume the dotted line in the photo to be the navigation light of a plane.

  

 

 


Saturday, 31 October 2020

If I Could Pour Out Acclaim.

Free image from Pixabay:
 thanks to all who have ‘lent’ their faces for
this globalist montage

If I Could Pour Out Acclaim

If I could pour out acclaim

in the tongues of every nation,

every race and every tribe,

I could still not adequately express

the boundlessness of your glory,

the illimitable nature of your love,

the awesomeness of your creativity,

nor the depth of your longing

for justice and truth.

 

May my inadequate prayers, Dear Lord,

nevertheless be heard by you,

with your ever-gracious acceptance.

And may such endeavours

stir up in me

a deeper and deeper desire 

to render you 

intercessions,

that begin with

contrition for the past,

then tremble with

a yearning to discern

your loving will for my future,

and your ways.


Trevor Thorn © October 2020.

 

The theme of the first verse has, in considerable ways been motivated by the many cover versions of ’The Blessing’ , a musical rendering of the Aaronic Blessing (Numbers 6 verses 24 - 26), which was recorded and published on 8th March - just before the UK lockdown - by Elevation Worship in Ballantyine in North Carolina. The writers are Cindy Morgan & Ginny Owens. 

Of the many versions (I have found more than 80), I particularly like this one from Belgium with its remarkable multi-ethnic virtual choir who turn out to be at least quadri-lingual if there is such a word! You can find that version HERE



Tuesday, 13 October 2020

When I Was Five: a reflection on time


Image - courtesy of Pixabay

For scientific, commercial, sporting and numerous everyday purposes, it is important that time is measured. In the first three of the above arenas, it is critical that time is measured very precisely, so the electronic transition of an atom of the element caesium is now how a second is measured. Precision is assured.

 

Our ‘felt experience’ of time is much less clear-cut, though we are all aware of the passage of seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks and so on. In the western world most people own clocks and watches of various qualities and many, many lives are driven by the passage of time which only moves in one direction, from past to present to future. 

 

Whilst time’s passage is absolutely regular we use phrases like ‘Time is dragging’, which may be very pertinent whilst we struggle with precautions against the spread of coronavirus. The opposite perception that ‘Time flies’ is frequently heard too.

 

So our lives are lived within our comparatively short time on earth. Comparative that is with the age of our planet or even more, the age of the universe.

 

Another often-heard phrase about time is that it seems to go faster the older we get.

 

This short reflection attempts to offer some illumination of this last observation.

 

When I Was Five. 

 

When I was five,

six months

took a tenth of my life.

 

Half-a-year had reduced

five years later, at ten,

to a twentieth part

of the life I’d had then.

 

On my twentieth, 

one fortieth.

 

Then when my age

to forty had climbed,

Two quarters -

an eightieth of my time.

 

And if I reach eighty,

six months will be

a hundred-and-sixtieth 

portion to me.

 

O unrelenting passage of time,

consider now this paradigm. 

It seems to me you ever unfold

by diminishing fractions 

as I grow old!

 

 

Trevor Thorn © 2020

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Creationtide - Day 34. Make Us Good Stewards Lord (for St Francis’ Day).

Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.


Credits NASA

The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage.

When we can sing again, this poem can be sung to the tune for the hymn, ‘Hills of The North Rejoice’ (Little Cornard)


Make us good stewards, Lord,
Of this your earthly home.
Help us be resolute  
In curbing damage done
By fossil fuels and plastic waste,
And other ways earth is defaced.

Help us encourage hope    
That the world can achieve   
Limits to harm caused by  
products to which we cleave,   
that strip the world of minerals rare,     
and plunder water without care.    

Give to your people, Lord,  
Zeal so we might protest, 
when justice is denied
by wealth’s voracious quests    
That ransack earth, afflict the poor, 
as greedy profiteers make more.

Other poems/hymns/songs with the theme of caring for our common home can be found HERE

You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice is the Elevation Gospel revamp

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Creationtide - Day 33. Prayer for Understanding New Knowledge

 Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.



Black hole image

NASA’s first image of a black hole

The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage. 

It's easy to be overawed by the themes and discoveries of modern science. If you are, this short prayer might be for you

Prayer for Understanding New Knowledge.

Almighty and Eternal God,You have given the night, not only for rest, but to draw us into exploration of the near and far reaches of the universe. We gaze with awe at the immensity of it and glorify you for the wonders it reveals.

Teach us to understand you better through the repositories of new knowledge our searching lays bare and help us to recognize that the mighty forces at work in the cosmos are a manifestation of your love.
Amen

You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from New Zealand 

Friday, 2 October 2020

Creationtide - Day 32. Source of The Fundamental Forces

Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.



The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage.  

Source of The Fundamental Forces (Hymn)


Source of the fundamental forces,
Jesus Christ our Lord;
Setting primeval plasma coursing
Through His mighty Word.
Called from the womb of the void,
Particles deployed,
Wisdom decreed
These are the seeds
Of creation’s form.

Source of the simple organisms
That evolved on earth.
Deep in the wellsprings, God was minded
To bring life to birth,
Through several billion years
Reasoning minds appeared
Shaped to explore
Wonder and awe,
At creation’s forms.

Source of the love that deep enfolds us,
Saviour, Master, King;
Seeing our wayward human natures
You gave everything
To liberate our race,
By your amazing grace:
Tortured to death;
In your last breaths,
Promised eternal rest.

Source of all holy inspiration,
Spirit of the Lord,
Breathe into us desire and urge to
Worship and adore.
You, Lord, who formed all things, 
Hear us as we now sing.
Giver of light,
Giver of life,
Praise to you, Lord of all.

(c) Trevor Thorn, April 2018.

Heres a quick look at the tune


You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from India 


Thursday, 1 October 2020

Creationtide - Day 31. Does The God Who Lived a Human?

 Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.



The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage. 

Does the God who Lived a Human   
(Recommended tune:Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow 8.7 D)

Does the God who lived a human,
weep with anger, weep with rage,
at the sweep of gross injustice 
in this money-driven age?

Wealth and arrogance are forcing
powerless people to the brink;
such as those who live in terror
that their homes and fields will sink.

Add to that the lies and falsehoods 
in our corridors of power: 
Lord of justice, cause your people 
to rise up in this dark hour.

Seeking truth and resolutely 
challenging both lies and wealth  
that are careless of resources,
or strip others of their health. 

Listen now to children’s wisdom,
many of whom recognise
that unless we change our lifestyle
earth is facing its demise .

If we strive more for your vision
of an earth where love and care
guide the actions of its people,
hope can flower and rout despair.

So, bring hope, O great Creator,
let the planet’s saving be
hastened by your Holy Spirit,
calling leaders, calling me.

You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from 50 Covid nations

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Creationtide - Day 30.For Amazement by Beauty

 Throughout Creationtide, 1st September - 4th October, there will be a daily posting of material to help us reflect on the various themes associated with this period in the Church’s year.



The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-

  • Glory of the Cosmos, 
  • Bible 
  • Earth’s Wonders 
  • Care of the Planet 
  • Meditation/ Prayer 
  • Praise & Adoration
  • Jesus, the heart of it all

I hope you will find these notes, prayers, hymns and meditations helpful and that you will feel you want to call in on the site each day. You will be very welcome and as many of the items reflect the biggest challenge of our times (notwithstanding Covid 19), I hope you might encourage other like-minded people to join us on this 34 day pilgrimage. 

For amazement by beauty
we give you our praise;
for the patterns that form
in our neural pathways.
Our brains stimulated
by wonder and awe:
for glimpses of glory,
we thank you, dear Lord.

For the marvel of colour
deriving from light,
and heightening each image  
revealed by our sight. 
For spirited hues
that emotion arouse.
Give thanks for the splendours
our vision bestows.

For delight in the fragrance
of blossom and herbs,
as we breathe in the glories
of nectars and oils:
some heady, some soothing,
some prized for their power
to promote our well-being
with root, leaf or flower.

For the myriad touches
that make us aware,
of the soft, smooth or yielding,
of the hard, harsh or spare.
When feeling such beauty
as a new-born child’s face,
there’s delight in the moment,
a great gift of grace

For the tongue and for taste buds
that flavours detect.
For our instinct, which foods
to enjoy or reject.
May we, who by plenty
are mightily blessed
be preserved, Lord, from hunger,
thirst, waste or excess

For the patterns of language
that gladden the ear;
for the glory of music
as it trembles the air;
for tones and expressions
we love to applaud.
For all blessings of beauty,
we adore you, dear Lord.

You might also like to reflect on the internationality of the potential contribution towards the stewardship of the earth from the Christian church globally by spending ten minutes listening to one of the many versions of ’The Blessing’ which have been published during Lockdown times. Today’s choice comes from Pittsburgh

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

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

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'

Calvary - Lifeblood of the Cosmos

Calvary - Lifeblood of the Cosmos
Calvary - Lifeblood of the Cosmos

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

Good Friday Cross (CGI)

Good Friday Cross (CGI)
Let this image take you to 'O Dare I Gaze Upon The Cross'

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'