Thursday, April 28, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Kangaroo Valley Sunrise, July 2010 (After Death, A Voice)
After Death A Voice Said
It will not be a life in time and space
Since spirit is timeless and spaceless,
Existing eternal, outside of time.
Within it exists the surrendered soul,
The energy that we claimed as ours,
The energy that will know and be known
As it always has been within us,
Aware of the oneness of everyone.
--Henry Langhorne, In the Country of Rain: Selected and New Poems, 2009
Note: With appreciation to Barbara Crafton of The Almost Daily eMo from Geranium Farm.org for introducing me to Langhorne's poetry.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Scar Detail, July 2010 (Wounded Healer)
The sacrificial instinct is the deep recognition that something always has to die for something bigger to be born. We started with human sacrifice (Abraham and Isaac), we moved to animal sacrifice (the ritual killing of the Passover lamb described in Exodus 12), and we gradually get closer to what really has to be sacrificed—our own beloved ego—as protected and beloved as a little household lamb! We will all find endless disguises and excuses to avoid letting go of what really needs to die. And it is not other humans (firstborn sons of Egyptians), animals (lambs or goats), or even “meat on Friday” that God wants or needs. It is always our false self that has to be let go, which is going to die anyway.
--Richard Rohr, Wondrous Encounters, Scripture for Lent
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Enterprize Landing, July 2010 (I Have Set My Face Like Flint)
The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens--wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near.
Isaiah 50:4-5 & 7-8a