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Saturday, 1 February 2014

LIGHT A CANDLE for SYRIA

Yesterday from 3 - 8pm on a blustery late January day, we opened our church for people to drop in and light a candle for Syria. There was a steady flow as people, came and went for various lengths of time , watching pictures from damaged cities and towns, refugee camps and of men in suits talking projected above a tent and realistic imitation fire, then lighting their candles. Those who lit candles also expressed their concern by leaving gifts for Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Out of the silence, this emerged


Imagine!
Above the wild, wild winds
and the lowering clouds
shine the same stars
that shine in the clear Syrian skies.

Their light has travelled
billions of billions of miles
to witness the destruction,
the misery,
the death throes,
the agonies
and the terror.

We light candles for that tortured place
offer prayer and our vigil,
as scenes of the unthinkable
roll on, roll on, roll on.

In our Fenland church it is cold,
yet as nothing compared to the frozen nights
alternating with the unbearable heat
of an unsafe bunker, overcrowded and fetid
as a family waits in fear
of an enemy thundering into
their precarious refuge.

And the same stars shine on the camps,
acres of barely protective canvas
where children die for want of water
and lack of food.

How long, O Lord, how long
must the stars witness such harrowing obscenity?

Our 'Light a Candle for Syria' event followed an earlier 'Song for Syria'. As with any event publicity is key - and here's the way we advertised the first event. We are situated on a through road from two main routes



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'