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.
St John the Baptist: painted on an Icon painting
course with Peter Murphy
The posts will follow a nine day cycle, as follows:-
- Glory of the Cosmos,
- 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.
Reflection on the Gold of an Icon.
I know not the breadth of the icon,
Though I’m seized by its radiant gold.
See! A hallmark of heaven’s bright image,
Lasting joy for the eye to behold.
Gold can sometime be washed into rivers,
Though it’s mined from the deep veins of earth,
And because of its lustre and scarceness
Is the metal of mightiest worth.
It was forged in the heat of a starburst,
Which drove atoms to newly align;
With light elements forced into richness,
Then entombed as the earth grew benign.
Prayerful artists of sanctity realized,
They could draw on this gift of the mine,
To betoken the aura of heaven,
Where earth's gently brushed by the divine.
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 Ghana