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Monday, 15 July 2013

Love Letter to Jesus (Luke 10.27)


Yesterday, I had the privilege of preaching the story of the Good Samaritan. A lot of our members have heard the story many times before so I opted to focus on what it would really mean to ‘Love the Lord Jesus with ALL our heart, with ALL our soul, with ALL our strength, and with ALL our mind’ (paraphrasing the lawyer’s response to Jesus’ question in Luke 10:27 that preludes the story). I then gave short spaces for everyone to think on each of these separately.
That, together with a brief reflection on what that would then mean in terms of loving our neighbour as the Good Samaritan did, were the main themes of my prepared talk.

Then, I woke up with a strong sense of wondering how I could go further in helping us all to think through what loving God ‘with every fibre of our being’, to use a more modern phrase, might be like.
In an unexpected moment, the idea formed to invite the congregation to carve out an hour or at least half an hour to write a love letter to Jesus, then put it somewhere where it would emerge in due course and remind us of our feelings, which, hopefully, at least for some, might have a touch of that sheer extravagance, unguardedness and ‘over-the-top-ness’ that people who are deeply in love with each other write.
I wonder how many will.
Even thinking about how to start such a letter is a challenge… I must start to write my own!

(Two days later) One of our fellowship has eMailed me to tell me he is going to write a poem to Jesus instead of a love letter. That feels good - he'll be 'singing a new song to the Lord' (Psalm 33 v 3: Ps  96 v1: Ps 98 v1:Ps 149 v1: Isaiah 42 v 10.) Set me thinking of which of my poems might qualify as a love song. One is Stars and Planets Sing your Glory. PS I have also met my own challenge with a prose love letter.

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'