Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve and a baby

It was a cold Christmas Eve three decades ago . My oldest son 
came earlier in the morning. High for the day was 7 degrees.
Happy Birthday Bryan!

Just reading from PRAYER by Tim Keller: 

''One of the greatest descriptions of prayer outside of the Bible 
was written by the poet George Herbert in his Prayer (I). The poem
is remarkable for tackling the immense subject of prayer in just 
100 words and without a single verb or prose construction. Instead,
Herbert gives a dozen word pictures. 

.... a defintion seeks to reduce things to the essence . George Herbert
wants to go in the opposite direction. He wants us to explore the richness
of prayer with all its infinites and immensities. He does so by overwhelming
both our analytical and imaginative facilities."

Prayer (I)

Prayer the church's banquet, angel's age,
         God's breath in man returning to his birth,
         The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,
The Christian plummet sounding heav'n and earth
Engine against th' Almighty, sinner's tow'r,
         Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,
         The six-days world transposing in an hour,
A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear;
Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and bliss,
         Exalted manna, gladness of the best,
         Heaven in ordinary, man well drest,
The milky way, the bird of Paradise,
         Church-bells beyond the stars heard, the soul's blood,
         The land of spices; something understood.

Happy Birthday Jesus !
My blog painting is featured today on Biola's Univ. Advent. 

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