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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Before The Creation, The Word was with God





This hymn/song may seem familiar to some, even as it is read for the first time. It is, of course, based on the amazing introduction to John's Gospel (also known in many churches as 'The Christmas Gospel' - John 1. 1-14). Familiarity can be further reinforced by singing it to the tune 'To God Be the Glory' which seems to particularly suit the majesty of John's deep theological thinking. But hopefully, this song might make that passage just a tiny bit more 'digestible'. Personally, each time I re-read the words of the song, I like to wrestle a bit with the implications of 'In the Beginning' and 'Before the Creation' - but then, if you've read other poems and offerings on this site, you won't be surprised by that!

Before the creation, The Word was with God.
Before the creation, The Word was with God,
It knew God, it was God, together they trod;
He fashioned a Cosmos, He created light,
And here on this planet, he shaped human life

Light of love, light of life, which the darkness abhors,
Light of love, light of life, ‘tis the light of the Lord
The light which John heralds, the true light of all,
The light of the Godhead which never can pall.

John came as a witness, that all might believe
And turn from their evil, their God to receive;
Though we in our folly, our maker ignore,
Salvation is ours if we kneel and adore

Light of love, light of life, which the darkness abhors,
Light of love, light of life, ‘tis the light of the Lord
So come to the stable, this child is The Word,
Adore Him! Adore Him, The Saviour, our Lord.

And the story, in its more familiar form is told in the new carol At Bethlehem in Borrowed Cattle Stall which can be sung to that lovely french tune 'Plaisir D'Amour' with a chorus in fanfare form 'For He's Wonderful, Counsellor...'

I hope you enjoy singing both as much as I have enjoyed writing them!
AND there is further Christmas material on this blog which can be found at a special Advent and Christmas Index which you will find HERE

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'