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Thursday, 2 August 2012

When I Consider the Universe (Little Canticle 123)

LITTLE CANTICLE 123

When I consider the universe and all the works of your hands, I reel at the vastness of them.

I cannot comprehend the distances involved nor the vastness of the myriad of galactic systems.

That deep sweep of space overwhelms me: the notion of billions of stars in their countless and unsuspended dances takes the breath from my body.

Even in this, our tiny system within its starry spiral is impenetrability; before the commencement of the boundaries measurable only in multiples of the speed of light.

All of this and so much more sprang into being at your word: far beyond it all, is the mystery of eternity.

All we can observe is but a shadow of the eternal Kingdom: yet even the immensity of the observable universe is too bold and too beautiful for us to begin to comprehend

We cannot know what beauty there is, but only guess: the exquisite formations of interstellar gas clouds are the work of an imagination so artistic that it cannot be lauded in human terms; it demands the acclaim of unfettered worship

Worship that can, itself, soar into the heavens and turn every mystery of those unknown realms into a mighty song of cosmic praise.

Worship that strives to express the immensity of the unknown; that grasps at the inconceivable boundaries, knowing that it has to penetrate beyond the deepest limits of the material creation.

O how very, very great this makes you, creator God! How far beyond the reaches of our minds!

Almost any condition we could imagine must be contained in your created order. What lofty splendours burgeon in worlds of low gravity? What spectacles of tininess adorn the dense cover where gravity is strong.

What beautifies worlds of intense heat and what spectacular barrenness clothes the unthinkably cold planets?

Because they all sprang from your hand they will be beyond our most vivid dreams, glorious and harmonious as are all your wonderful works.

So utterly beyond the boundaries of carping, grasping humanity, which has sown so many seeds of destruction in this minute corner of your vast creation.

Yet for all this wilfulness, all our unwillingness to be caught into the drama of the worshipful invitation to consider the works of your hands, you love every one of us as we build our self-bound edifices. You forgive us for not setting ourselves free in flights of Creator-praise.

Forgive us our blindness to the vastness, O Lord: forgive us our unwillingness to gaze on your goodness and adore you: forgive us our wilful exclusion of You from Your creation.

Then, Lord, in that mercy, which stretches even beyond the known and the unknown, lift the scales from our eyes, the pettiness from our minds, the self-erected walls from around our souls and set us free to worship you and to broadcast your incomprehensibility to the very gates and frontiers of Heaven.

O, the inexpressibility of it all! For your creation is so much greater than the limits of language!

Set us free to worship in a language beyond the immensity this little canticle tries so haltingly to express, O God, our creator, redeemer and sustainer.

If you like this form of prose-poem, you might enjoy Little Canticle 124 or Little Canticle 46 or if you came to this blog hoping for rhyming verse, Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory and Awesome, Wonderful Creator may be more to your liking, both being written to sing. A more comprehensive viewing of all the Little Canticles on this blog can be accessed 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

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'