The Big Picture



Jesus, Jesus,
Carpenter of Nazareth,
Can you make a lintel?
Can you make a door?

Jesus, Jesus,
Carpenter of Nazareth,
Can you make a universe
Where there was none before?

Jesus, Jesus,
Carpenter of Nazareth,
Living in the midst of us,
A working man and poor,

How shall we esteem you,
Holy, humble carpenter?
By the universe you made –
And also by the door.

Elizabeth Rooney

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Musing On The Mystery


Tomorrow is the start of Easter weekend.
I’ve not long finished a book (Sailing Between The Stars, by Steven James) One of the poems in it struck me as a good one to share today, a summary of the “why?” of Easter, of Jesus’ death and resurrection, of reconciliation with God… Happy Easter! 🙂

what a desperate time it was
in the days of the dragon’s curse
when the king’s refrain was as still as stone,
and all knew that soon, of course,
the land would ring with the wizard’s rhyme
and the venom of his verse.

what a terrible one he was
when i first met the son of the king.
with fire in his eyes and a bladed heart
and an ancient flute to bring
the tune of time to the throats of those
who had never learned to sing.

what a furious warring raged
when the prince went to battle the foe.
with velvet strength and a dagger of love
and his crimson blood to flow,
the day he died the moon stood still
and the shadows gnawed my soul.

what a terrifying sight to see
a prince once dead, now strong.
with glistening tears and outstretched wings
and a furious, glorious song.
a new day dawned and the wizard fell
and the dragon’s curse was gone.

(Photo by Arbyreed, used by permission)

Published in: on April 2, 2015 at 9:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Rainy Day Learning

Today is our half day/birthday celebrations for Biggest Boy. We usually do science lessons on a Wednesday, so that’s what was on the schedule today.
…only this is what today looks like…

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This doesn’t stop us learning science (the boys are doing that at the moment), but it was an opportunity to drop everything, when the storm first hit, and get out the paper and pens. They found a space on their own, closed their eyes, and listened… opened them again and gazed… and then wrote something down. Two beautiful poems, both completely different – I have two completely different boys!
I love having the flexibility to just drop everything, if it seems appropriate – even though I’m naturally a “let’s make a plan” type of person. I’ve had to learn spontaneity (ha!) over the years. We still have plenty of time for what’s scheduled. It’s a laid back kind of day, so the boys are taking their time going through their workbook/textbook. I’m enjoying the frequent “Hey Mum – did you know…?” from both of them 🙂

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Hope the sun shines on you today – metaphorically, if not literally!

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