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”
Inspiring Art: Darkness and Light
December 26th is "the feast of Stephen", as described in the carol "Good King Wenceslas", a vivid reminder of the darkness aspect of the darkness and light we often meditate on at this time of the year (especially in northern Europe where we have our shortest days of the year around this time). There is … Continue reading Inspiring Art: Darkness and Light
Where Light Is Given
. Choosing To present . The gift Of life . Where light Is given . To The nations. . 'Simeon's Song of Praise', Rembrandt
. No angel May have sung . Your Annunciation . Though many May have been pleased . And how was Your presentation? . Hospital, midwife Registrar, office . Temple, nature Or priest? . Image by Rembrandt
Inspiring Books: The Return of the Prodigal Son (Henri Nouwen)
"All of my life is there. All of the lives of my friends is there. The painting has become a mysterious window...It is like a huge gate that allows me to move to the other side of existence and look from there back into the odd assortment of people and events that make up my daily … Continue reading Inspiring Books: The Return of the Prodigal Son (Henri Nouwen)
"I believe in God . The Father Almighty . The creator Of heaven and earth" . from Christian liturgy . Michelangelo's "Father Almighty" Rembrandt's "Father Almighty"
Those hands Have held me . From conception To birth . They have fed me Cleansed me . Warmed me Protected me . Opened For my freedom . And welcomed Me home. . from a sequence inspired by Henri Nouwen's book about Rembrandt's painting of Jesus' parable of The Prodigal Son
Free to Choose
Free to choose to remain in darkness . Or move nearer the light of love . Which now shines so brightly . Regardless or not of our acceptance. . from 'Returning to the Father', a sequence inspired by Henri Nouwen's book about Rembrandt's painting of Jesus' parable of The Prodigal Son
Desiring to Bless
Always desiring to bless the arms once memorably . Spread in pain wait to rest . And bleed love that will soak the spirit . Dye in new colours the garments of life. . from 'Returning to the Father', a sequence inspired by Henri Nouwen's book about Rembrandt's painting of Jesus' … Continue reading Desiring to Bless
He is always there arms reaching out . From the end of time to its beginning . Eternally offering welcome . To all who waken from the sleep of death . And run towards his illimitable love. . from 'Returning to the Father', a sequence inspired by Henri Nouwen's book … Continue reading Always There
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