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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

IONA: The Pilgrim Way


IONA: The Pilgrim Way.
I lift my eyes to the mountain,
I trace the long finger of sea,
I set my face to the island
from whence comes a yearning to be
caught to the margins of Christendom,
where justice and peace form a core
of a love for God's earth and one's neighbour
and a longing to take to the poor
the good news that will conquer oppression,
that will set the imprisoned free,
by the power of the Spirit, ne'er ending,
who invites all, "Partake", even me!

Yes! e'en me who can walk past a beggar
or fail to be moved by the plight
of the war-worn, the famished, the dying,
or the refugee, forced into flight.
But if I wish to cast off this bondage,
which power, wealth and comfort induce,
by the grace of the Heaven-sent Spirit
this small island might help me break loose.

Other poems about Iona on this blog are

IONA: ASpecial Place in the Cosmos
IONA: A Thin Place
Bethlehem of The Isles
The Hermit's Cell and
Oran's Chapel; Late Evening

Original Introductory remarks

After last week's voyage into the outer darkness of deep space (Aphelion), back this week to terra firma. For some, this will be the time of year that they make plans for a pilgrimage later in the year. We will be going to Israel, a trip we have long promised we would make. But in the past we have made several closer (for us) pilgrimage/ holidays to the beautiful island of Iona in the Hebrides. You have to work at getting there! To Glasgow first, then by rail or road alongside exquisite lochsides and soaring bens (mountains). Then Ferry from Fort William from Oban to Mull. 40+miles across that splendid island, then a second short ferry ride to Iona itself. This poem celebrates the last stages of that journey. The 'long finger of sea' is the sea-loch Scridain which accompanies the road as you finally approach Iona Ferry.

If any readers are wondering whether to ... or not. Let me encourage you to make the long journey to the Isle of St Columba where you will find the best of Scotland in miniature - and much more. 

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'