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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

The Length and the Depth and the Breadth: Little Canticle 124

Gasrous cosmic threads

Back today to the themes of the marvels of the universe in another prose-poem from my 'Little Canticles' collection

LITTLE CANTICLE 124

Come, consider with me the length and the depth and the breadth of space and consider the information and images that emanate from it: Is your God and mine mighty enough to have created this vastness?

Can our God set the bounds that have fashioned galaxy after galaxy with billions of stars and an abundance of attendant planets?

Have nebulae and supernovae poured from the hands of our God; like a cascade of glittering gold from a furnace?

Was our God there before all this came into being and did he conceive its rhythmic immensity?

Is God at the heart, the core, the centre of every one of the cosmic dwelling places?

Does our God stride amongst the spirals, stream across the continuum of time and space? And yet know me when I call?

Cry "Yes! Yes!" O creature of your Creator's incarnating: cry out that it is your God who commanded all this to flow from the hands, the heart and the mind of his ultimate love.

Cry out that we have been created to inhabit this special place in this gift of awesome array.

Cry out that so much that is made, so much that is given, is full of beauty and full of God-given distinctiveness.

Marvel that every person, every pebble, every sparrow, every snowflake, every leaf and every blade of grass is unique. Let us recognise this hallmark of creation and rejoice at its possibilities of diversity throughout this wondrous universe.

And, more; when we are moved by the beauty of this planet, this universe, remember also, the Creator committed the Son of His Trinity-self to an amazing act of redemption; to be born as a baby and to die on a cross for our salvation, the people of this greatly-blessed globe.

He, the Word, co-existent before the magnificence of the cosmos was poured from void, came to this tiny sphere to share our life and be slain by our sin.

O wonder! O marvel! O incomprehensible truth! Let us cry out, that resurrection followed so we might be sure we will come before this Creator to render our praise and worship in eternity.

Let our praises here transmit that eternal song to the far reaches of the universe.

Praise the God who is so mighty, yet whose Holy Spirit can rest upon and in us: yes, even you and me! Praise the Lord, O my soul.

Another entry on this blog considers the fourth dimension of Time.

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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.

Orange Galaxy

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

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

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

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 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

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'

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'