Archive for ‘December, 2008

Of Darkness and Light


In early religious Rites set at the winter solstice the ancients would gather at night and encircle a fire; they would sing and dance raising their fiery torches towards starry heaven and invite their God to come among them; to empower them to brace against the darkness that closes upon them….invoking God’s presence…bidding God to […] Read more »

Of Singing and Significance


An aged man is but a paltry thingA tattered coat upon a stickUnless Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder singFor every tatter in its mortal dress,Nor is there singing school but studyingMonuments of its own magnificence;And therefore I have sailed the seas and comeTo the holy city of Byzantium. From W.B. Yeats Sailing […] Read more »

Of Heaven’s Advent


The great German theologian, Jurgen Moltmann, makes the assertion that the Christian faith and life is a perpetual Advent, that we live in an eschatological tension between a certain hope of God’s saving presence, and God’s final consummation of heaven and earth, a time when God will be “all in all.” I want to suggest […] Read more »