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Thursday, 19 January 2012

The Searcher

When we consider the heavens (Psalm 8 v3) there is a permanent invitation to consider the astonishing gift of earth amidst the vastness of space. No other planet yet identified (In early 2012 there is a view that most stars in our galaxy have at least one planet) has the characteristics to definitely support ‘life as we know it.’ Hopefully, then, we can build a collective wisdom to recognize we are stewards of this amazing planet and that good stewardship carries with it heavy responsibilities. This poem starts in a hay field then widens, into immensity!

Today’s image represents a search of a different sort: that going on in particle accelerators around the world. Those findings, like the wider search of the poem have the capacity to transform our understandings of the universe, so it behoves us to be prepared for mighty change whilst holding firm to our beliefs about our Salvation through Christ

The Searcher
A wisp of hay is moved from left
To right by a cross legged child.
The stook on the left matches her size,
On the right, a fresh mown field.

Her gaze intent, absorbed by the search
For something miniscule,
Her fingers probe, her brow deep-creased,
Her attention held to the full.

Nothing she knows of gravity,
Else her search would be in the field,
For her mother’s diamond, dropped in the mow
A tiny lamented jewel.

In the mighty stack of the Universe,
We will at sometime find
A planet with some form of life,
A jewel of exceptional kind.

Its chemistry may not be ours,
Its physics passing strange:
Its life, primitive or advanced;
Outwith our journeying range.

Thus, even more, this planet of blue,
This precious gem we call earth
Needs many determined to restore it - to health
By attentiveness to its worth

Other poems with a science/ astronomy theme may be found in the Index 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'