Beauty

a playful and flowing poem that i enjoyed today.


MORNING PERSON—Vassar Miller

God, best at making in the morning, tossed
stars and planets, singing and dancing, rolled
Saturn?s rings spinning and humming, twirled the earth
so hard it coughed and spat the moon up, brilliant
bubble floating around it for good, stretched holy
hands till birds in nervous sparks flew forth from
them and beasts—lizards, big and little, apes,
lions, elephants, dogs and cats cavorting,
tumbling over themselves, dizzy with joy when
God made us in the morning too, both man
and woman, leaving Adam no time for
sleep so nimbly was Eve bouncing out of
his side till as night came everything and
everybody, growing tired, declined, sat
down in one soft descended Hallelujah.

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a wonderful poem i found…


John Berryman – Address To The Lord.

Master of beauty, craftsman of the snowflake,
inimitable contriver,
endower of Earth so gorgeous & different from the boring Moon,
thank you for such as it is my gift.

I have made up a morning prayer to you
containing with precision everything that most matters.
‘According to Thy will’ the thing begins.
It took me off & on two days. It does not aim at eloquence.

You have come to my rescue again & again
in my impassable, sometimes despairing years.
You have allowed my brilliant friends to destroy themselves
and I am still here, severely damaged, but functioning.

Unknowable, as I am unknown to my guinea pigs:
How can I ‘love’ you?
I only as far as gratitude & awe
confidently & absolutely go.

I have no idea whether we live again.
It doesn’t seem likely
from either the scientific or the philosophical point of view
but certainly all things are possible to you,

and I believe as fixedly in the Resurrection-appearances to Peter and
to Paul

as I believe I sit in this blue chair.
Only that may have been a special case
to establish their initiatory faith.

Whatever your end may be, accept my amazement.
May I stand until death forever at attention
for any your least instruction or enlightenment.
I even feel sure you will assist me again, Master of insight & beauty.

Late Have I Loved You….


i’m continuing to marvel at the lyrical and musical beauty of Gungor’s album “Beautiful Things”.  i don’t know that i’ve ever latched onto an album this long.  typically they sit in my cd player for about two weeks and then i’m on to the next thing, but this record just speaks to my heart first as sonic musical goodness and secondly due to the lyrical depth.  there are some amazing theological thoughts in each of the songs.  so much that i don’t even try to dissect them, i just let them stand for what they are.  as i listened again to my 3 year old sing ” You make beautiful things out of us” last night, God just spoke through that, then as we are getting out of the car he says, “Oooh Daddy, look at all the stars.”  I asked him who made the beautiful stars and he told me, “God put them there.”  wow.

this song might be my favorite one on the album.  it’s just a story of God running and shouting and revealing Himself to us….yeah!

Late Have I Loved You

Written by Michael Gungor

Late have I loved You
Beauty so ancient
So new

Late have I loved You
You were within me, but I was outside You
It was there that I searched for You
It was there that I searched for You

Late have I loved You
Beauty so ancient, so new

Late have I loved You
You were here with me
But I was not with You
It was there that You found me
It was there that You found me

You called and You shouted
You broke through my deafness
You flashed and you shone
Dispelled all my blindness

You breathed Your fragrance on me
You breathed Your fragrance on me

Late have I loved You
Late have I loved You

I drew in Your breath
And I keep on breathing
I’ve tasted I’ve seen
And now I want more

You breathed Your fragrance on me
You breathed Your fragrance on me

Late have I loved You
Late have I loved You

© 2010 WorshipTogether.com Songs (ASCAP)

Beauty….


what do you think of when you think of beauty?

art?

architecture?

music?

nature?

literature?

film?

something clicks within us when we behold beauty.  the things that capture our eye and heart transcend to our souls.

C.S. Lewis says it like this:

“The book or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing…..They are not the thing itself; they are only a scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never visited.”

what is pointing you towards true beauty today?

repost…i have a question for you…


about your church…  the one you attend…if you attend one…or if you don’t…

( i pulled these words and concepts from Chasing Francis by Morgan Ian Cron.  i added some of my own questions as well.)

is your church transcendent? do people encounter the one true living God there.  or are knowledge and theology the centerpieces of your faith?  are people simply reading about Him are they actually being changed by their encounters with The Word?

does your church value community? and i mean real authentic community, not a potluck every now and then or a monthly party .  do you carry each other’s burdens? bind up the broken hearted? have a genuine concern for one another? what does community look like in your church?

does your church value beauty? does it embrace those things that are beautiful even though they may be broken? does it value artists and art? do the people of your church trust the simple power of beauty to point people to God, rather than “Christian art” that’s consciously propagandistic?

does your church help value and help restore people’s dignity? is everyone welcome regardless of race, age, socio-economic status?  Jesus set the bar in this.  His whole life was about ministering to those who were despised and rejected by society.  by reaching out to them, He restored their humanity and gave them dignity.  is your church seeking to be like Jesus, or is it just a comfortable place that would get along just fine without Him showing up?  Making dignity important is much more than hospitality, it means fighting against the things that rob people of their dignity!

and finally, does your church have meaning?  people are meaning-seekers.  we want to be part of something larger than ourselves. “The significance–and ultimately the quality–of the work we do is determined by our understanding of the story in which we are taking part” Wendell Berry.  what is your church doing to help those who are hungry and searching to find meaning in their lives, to help them find their part in the story?

i wrote those down again to remind me of what i want church to look like.  how we flesh that out is up to us.

i was reading posts at my old blog…


and thought i would repost this.  i struck me as being altogether transcendent, beautiful and meaningful.  that post yesterday is how i intend to live my life.

When Jesus forgave us of our sins, it was not just for our personal salvation or for heaven.  He turned us into salt and light;  we are transformed.  we no longer have the same, bland taste of everyone and everything else in the world, instead, we are salty people who bring the flavor and spice of Jesus to our relationships and daily life.  we don’t sneak around in the dark anymore, but we walk in the light.  so why do we so often “taste” like the world and our light is so faint?

even though we have been transformed into Salt and Light, we can choose to live a life contrary to who we actually are.  we can dilute  the taste by filling it with the flavor of the world.  we can stick our light in a closet.  it’s like living as a homeless person when i actually have a home.  it is a denial of who we really are!  so be salty, let your light shine.  people will see you being salty and shiny and glorify God.

but beware, because people love the darkness and do not want you spicing up their lives, some will insult and make life hard for you. don’t be sad, be joyful in your suffering, and continue to produce salty, shiny fruit.

paraphrase of Mike Stroope from All Peoples

I have some questions…


about your church…  the one you attend…if you attend one…or if you don’t…

( i pulled these words and concepts from Chasing Francis by Morgan Ian Cron.  i added some of my own questions as well.)

is your church transcendent? do people encounter the one true living God there.  or are knowledge and theology the centerpieces of your faith?  are people simply reading about Him are they actually being changed by their encounters with The Word?

does your church value community? and i mean real authentic community, not a potluck every now and then or a monthly party .  do you carry each other’s burdens? bind up the broken hearted? have a genuine concern for one another? what does community look like in your church?

does your church value beauty? does it embrace those things that are beautiful even though they may be broken? does it value artists and art? do the people of your church trust the simple power of beauty to point people to God, rather than “Christian art” that’s consciously propagandistic?

does your church help value and help restore people’s dignity? is everyone welcome regardless of race, age, socio-economic status?  Jesus set the bar in this.  His whole life was about ministering to those who were despised and rejected by society.  by reaching out to them, He restored their humanity and gave them dignity.  is your church seeking to be like Jesus, or is it just a comfortable place that would get along just fine without Him showing up?  Making dignity important is much more than hospitality, it means fighting against the things that rob people of their dignity!

and finally, does your church have meaning? people are meaning-seekers.  we want to be part of something larger than ourselves. “The significance–and ultimately the quality–of the work we do is determined by our understanding of the story in which we are taking part” Wendell Berry.  what is your church doing to help those who are hungry and searching to find meaning in their lives, to help them find their part in the story?

in parting remember this…

“God is the one whose Center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” Ian Cron