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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

I Imagine The God Who Created The Cosmos


I imagine the God who created the cosmos
as a Spirit, eternally young;
full of light, full of love, full of energy
from whose Word every particle spun,
to be shaped and reshaped through existence
with some to emerge into life
at first simple, then complex, then sentient
bringing love and its dark converse, strife.

This same God, out of deepest compassion,
set power and glory aside,
became human, risked wrath and malevolence
to redeem us from sin’s drowning tide.

Footnote: Lindisfarne was a part of the Celtic story that stems from Iona. There are poems on this blog about Iona which can be found in the alphabetic index in the right-hand column here, all under IONA The most looked at of these is IONA, The Nunnery which is about women's place in the church and justice. To read 'The Nunnery', Click here

Also, other poems, meditations and songs with a SCIENCE and FAITH theme can be accessed HERE

Original introductory comments.


We're on The 'Holy Island of LINDISFARNE' as it is formally called, (almost as far North East as one can travel in England before crossing the border into Scotland) nearing the end of a three month Sabbatical - which has been a very special time for both Pam and myself.
Last week, at the beginning of our stay on the island (which was the base for the Celtic Saints Aidan and Cuthbert), we were walking between the parish church and the medieval Abbey when the words  'God, forever young' came suddenly into my mind. I do not think I have encountered them before, but with a slight variation, they seemed a very appropriate description for a Creator of a Universe which, scientists can now deduce, is constantly being shaped and reshaped. It is also a helpfully long way from the notion, many seem to have acquired, of God as an old man. I hope some of you who read this will also feel this a helpful contrast.

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'