Tag: inspiration

Creative Glory

Creative Glory

God calls Through the earth And every blade of grass Proclaims God's creative glory Inspired by Thomas Merton - “When we are alone on a starlit night, when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when … Continue reading Creative Glory

Inspiring Paintings: Leaving and Finding a Father

Inspiring Paintings: Leaving and Finding a Father

~ One father curses another blesses ~ While onlookers stare and the bishop turns away ~ And finally What is this all about? ~ Even heaven And earth. ~ In this dramatic painting by Giotto,  Francis has taken off all his clothes and is appealing to God.  His earthly father (on the left), who demanded … Continue reading Inspiring Paintings: Leaving and Finding a Father

Inspiring Poems – “A world … vast and meaningful…”

Inspiring Poems – “A world … vast and meaningful…”

~ In this poem, nature is blurring the boundaries between the man made and the eternal: "...the green tideOf grass creeping perpetually nearerThis last outpost of time past." Hardly anything happens in this village in Wales: "the black dogCracking his fleas in the hot sunIs history" But the human dimension brings about a change of … Continue reading Inspiring Poems – “A world … vast and meaningful…”

A Year of Inspirers (9) – Celebrating George Herbert

“Love bade me welcomeBut my soul drew back...” So begins one of George Herbert’s great poems, called “Love (III)”. Although Herbert is not very well known as a poet, he writes with a powerful simplicity.  He understands love, suffering and inner struggles. Many of his lines have inspired me.  This is how his poem "The … Continue reading A Year of Inspirers (9) – Celebrating George Herbert

Inspiring Poems: “Lines Written in Early Spring”

Inspiring Poems: “Lines Written in Early Spring”

  There is something about the simplicity of this poem that has always appealed to me...   I heard a thousand blended notes,   While in a grove I sate reclined,   In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts   Bring sad thoughts to the mind...             And despite the … Continue reading Inspiring Poems: “Lines Written in Early Spring”