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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”

A Year of Inspirers (5): Henri Nouwen & “The Return of the Prodigal Son”

A Year of Inspirers (5): Henri Nouwen & “The Return of the Prodigal Son”

Henri Nouwen has inspired me in so many ways. He was born on 24th January 1932. “Return of the Prodigal Son” is a wonderful book by him that inspired a whole collection I wrote, called “Returning to the Father”. Fleeing Again and again I have fled the hands of blessing . Made myself deaf to … Continue reading A Year of Inspirers (5): Henri Nouwen & “The Return of the Prodigal Son”

A Year of Inspirers (4) – Inner Fire

A Year of Inspirers (4) – Inner Fire

“The Fire of Love” is a great name for any book. Richard Rolle, its author, is remembered on 20th January. His wonderful work on mysticism has inspired me again and again. ~ Be absorbed in that blessed love . Blazing in your Soul . That fires such sweetness and such devotion . Know nothing but … Continue reading A Year of Inspirers (4) – Inner Fire

A Year of Inspirers (3) – The Power of Love

He wrote the most wonderful words about love: If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove … Continue reading A Year of Inspirers (3) – The Power of Love

Inspired by Joy, and also by Failure…

“Life is a mosaic, made up of small pieces of human experience common to us all but lived uniquely by each one of us” This comes from a beautiful and profound book written by Joan Chittester called "There is a Season". She inspired me to understand the sequences of life’s experience in a new way, … Continue reading Inspired by Joy, and also by Failure…

Ancient of Days

Ancient of Days

This dramatic image by William Blake both is, and is not, a helpful image of God. What I find helpful is the presentation of light revealed from darkness. For me this is a central idea for human spirituality. "Light" is our knowledge, our knowledge of God, the good qualities of being human. What I also … Continue reading Ancient of Days

Inspiring Quotations: “From dust I arise”

Inspiring Quotations: “From dust I arise”

From dust I rise,    And out of nothing now awake;These brighter regions which salute mine eyes,    A gift from God I take.The earth, the seas, the light, the day, the skies,The sun and stars are mine if those I prize. This comes from Thomas Traherne's wonderful poem 'The Salutation' which I have posted about in … Continue reading Inspiring Quotations: “From dust I arise”