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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

For Amazement by Beauty: A Celebration of our Senses

Composition: ‘Stitched segments of Neural pathways'

(This is intended to be sung: Suggested Tune: Sans day carol - without chorus)

For amazement by beauty
we give you our praise;
for the patterns that form
in our neural pathways.
Our brains stimulated
by wonder and awe:
for glimpses of glory,
we thank you, dear Lord.

For the marvel of colour
deriving from light,
and heightening each image  
revealed by our sight. 
For spirited hues
that emotion arouse.
Give thanks for the splendours
our vision bestows.

For delight in the fragrance
of blossom and herbs,
as we breathe in the glories
of nectars and oils:
some heady, some soothing,
some prized for their power
to promote our well-being
with root, leaf or flower.

For the myriad touches
that make us aware,
of the soft, smooth or yielding,
of the hard, harsh or spare.
When feeling such beauty
as a new-born child’s face,
there’s delight in the moment,
a great gift of grace

For the tongue and for taste buds
that flavours detect.
For our instinct, which foods
to enjoy or reject.
May we, who by plenty
are mightily blessed
be preserved, Lord, from hunger,
thirst, waste or excess

For the patterns of language
that gladden the ear;
for the glory of music
as it trembles the air;
for tones and expressions
we love to applaud.
For all blessings of beauty,
we adore you, dear Lord.

This continues the theme of Beauty, Science and Faith initiated on the blog with the poem I Met with Beauty, Science and Faith

Find other Beauty, Science and Faith poems on this blog 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'