Tag: God


the fires of suffering and transformation


As a potter, I know how fragile clay is when it has yet to be fired in a kiln.  It may indeed be the most beautiful vase, with sweeping handles like the legs of a ballerina and a neck like that of a swan.  It may sit on a foot,...

letting God kiss us


  "But what happens when we open our eyes and see the face of God looking down at us, smiling, delighted with us, sitting in the lotus position in the leaves above our head and looking down into our face upside-down, smirking. Leaning in to kiss our forehead, and smooth...

mirth


“All people that on earth do dwell Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice Him serve with mirth, his praise forthtell, Come ye before him and rejoice.” Psalm 100 It was sung at the Coronation of the Queen and again last week at her Jubilee. It is the text that...

The Blues


Fortnum and Mason was founded just after 1700 and is one of my favorite ships in London.  One of my great loves is stationary, and they have a fine selection.  They also have demerara sugar which I like in my tea. And marzipan.  And a good english cream tea.  And...

honey, venom and community


  A stained glass window from The National Cathedral honoring bees.   The five bee hives on our cathedral are sometimes a lovely set of colonies on our roof, sometimes a political bouncing ball, sometimes a tool for power and control but always a source of rich, dark yellow honey....

inside painting


This is a two-inch tall Chinese bottle from the early 1800’s and is decorated with what is called “inside painting.”  An artist paints such a bottle on the inside of the glass, backwards, beginning from what would normally be the final strokes on a painting, and working backwards to what...

earth and thrones


8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good;     and what does the Lord require of you? … do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God?   Micah 6:8 Do you ever wonder what kind of shadow you cast on the planet?  Do you ever wonder, ponder what impact...

Community


    Subscribe & Follow The Holy Trinity Icon, (Rublev) Mount Athos, Greece, Egg tempera on carved wood, 2000 In a society so inundated with images every day on facebook, television, advertising and other media, it is hard to imagine what a 15th century Christian would have thought on encountering...