Archives For Light

More reflective/easy listening than I’m normally posting. The bass is slightly sloppy in some parts, but I’m happy with how that turned out. I did add drums to this, but I wasn’t 100% happy with the timing of the sequences.

So, I’ve stuck with the the ”no drums” version. If you think the title is odd; as in it doesn’t fit, I’d have to say I don’t fully disagree with you. Its the title of a poem in the works, hence the tag, instrumental edition, in parenthesis.

I figured the title reflected the artwork, plus the idea of flight was something that seems to fit the tune.

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I was going to use “Trans Cendent Airlines”, but I doubled back because it’s ambiguous and I wanted something closer to the heart that put this tune together.

Enjoy your flight. ūüėõ

Sola Deo Gloria.

 


Thanks for listening…

Grinding Sunset

October 24, 2016 — Leave a comment

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Melting clouds

Darkness pierced by light

Grinding sunset

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october-sunset

 


‘In Jesus Christ was life and the life was the light of men.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’ ¬†

– (1 John. 1:4-5, ESV)

(RL2016)

‘In Jesus Christ, the fact that the Word became flesh undoubtedly means that, without ceasing to be eternity, eternity became time […] God humbles Himself and lifts us up by becoming one of us.’

(Karl Barth, CD. II:1 1940 , p.616)

Epiphany 2016

IMG_5720Jesus’ stated, ‘…you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.’ (Matthew.10:22; Mark 13:13).

Not hated because we reflect the light, but because, although, we were ‘at one time darkness, we are now, light in the Lord.’ (Paul, to the Church in Ephesus, 5:8). Therefore, we ‘walk as children of the light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.’ (Eph.5:11).

It’s where this:

‘A summer‚Äôs sun, even when beclouded, yields more comfort and warmth to the earth than a winter‚Äôs sun that shines brightest.’
(Charles Spurgeon, FPG)

Reminds me of G.K Chesterton’s,

“the moon gives off light, but not life. It is a cold, morbid light. It is light without heat ; a secondary light, only a dim reflection from a dead world.” (Orthodoxy, p.18¬†paraphrased)

From there, Plato’s cave (The Republic, 360 BC) comes to mind.¬†Three men. Prisoners,¬†shackled in darkness since birth. Their only knowledge of life is¬†obtained from flickers of light,¬†reflecting shadows¬†on the wall. Each image mesmerises them. Birthed into deception, they are stopped from noticing the bright light beaming in from the cave’s¬†entrance. Until the chains¬†are removed from¬†one of the men, who then proceeds to move¬†outside.¬† Believing shadows to be more real than the things he now sees, at first he is disoriented and confused – ‘looking straight at the light,¬†brings pain¬†to his eyes.’ (ibid, p.131). After some time passes the freed man begins to see the¬†shadows for what they are,¬†a counterfeit reality – only ‘the shadows of true existence; false notions’.

He returns to the cave to spread this news and free the others. Instead, he is met with violence, ridicule and aggression, because:

¬†‘it was better not even to think of ascending [out of the cave]; and if any one tried to loose another and lead him up to the light, let them only catch the offender, and they would put him to death.’ (ibid, p.132)
Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderment of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind’s eye, quite as much as of the bodily eye.’ (ibid, p.133)

The pre-“Christendom” Christians, namely the disciple, John, point to a dichotomy between a spirit of¬†truth and the spirit of error¬†(deception); of combating this by ‘walking in love and truth’ (2 John.4), of ‘speaking truth in love’ (Paul, Eph.4:6).

In Christ, we are called [and called to be, what and who we already are in Christ] children of the light, not a morbid, ineffective, static, dim and cold, secondary light. When a light offends our eyes, we don’t turn the light off. We¬†wait for our eyes to adjust and navigate from there.

Let Christ shine bright; walk the talk – ‘let us love not in word or talk but in deed and in truth’ (1 John.3:18), – taking into account prayer,¬†wisdom¬†and discernment – even if it means people are¬†offended; or like the prisoners of Plato’s cave, in¬†their state of happy ignorance, act out of their¬†offended-ness accuse falsely, and ‘hate us without cause’ (John 15:18 –¬† 16:1-3).

 


Sources:

Chesterton, G.K. 1901 Orthodoxy Relevant Books

Plato, The Republic

Spurgeon, C. 1883 Flowers From a Puritan’s Garden Funk & Wagnalls Publishers

Partial Shadow

March 16, 2015 — Leave a comment

Without light, nothing.

 

‘Because we only see through a glass darkly, does not mean that we can claim to see nothing at all.’
– (Reinhold Niebuhr, talking¬†about the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, ‘Mystery and Meaning’,¬†1945)

 

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Source:

[i] Niebuhr, R. 1945 Mystery & Meaning in Discerning the Signs of the Times: Sermon Essays, Kindle Ed.

Image is mine. Photo is of the waterfront lamps along the Manning River, Taree

Here is another attempt at writing a haiku and a paraphrase of one of todays readings.

Climate changes. Cold leaves fall.

Textures warming hearts and minds.

Sweetening the embrace of Spring.

 

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The image comes from a cool and damp afternoon last week (see below). The low cloud seemed to hover in that spot allowing the sun to spear fragments of light through it.

low cloud

Advent Day One:

In order to mark the beginning of Advent I¬†think it’s a great idea¬†to begin with a prayer. Marking the occasion with one of Karl Barth’s liturgical prayers allows me¬†room to¬†introduce a journey; one that will hopefully draw myself and others¬†towards a more¬†reflective¬†appreciation¬†for the importance of the communal, the¬†individual, the¬†festal, and the¬†theological, located within the¬†celebrations to come.

Not¬†unlike the curious, unplanned¬†journey of the shepherds; their proclamation, post-angelic visit (Lk.2:17),¬†and¬†the wise-men;sojourners, linking up with the concepts of inquiry, insight, and¬†of being¬†led-by a strange, free and¬†beautiful light. Coming;¬†‘for they saw His star¬†in the east¬†and¬†came to worship Him’¬†(Mt.2:2).

Before us, the Swiss/German theologian’s¬†words¬†remain to-the-point, full of anticipation,¬†trademark Trinitarian, and universally relevant:

‘Lord, our God and Father, give to many, to all, and to us as well, that we may celebrate Christmas like this:
Hernhutter Star
‘Herrnhut – ”Moravian” – Star’ San Francisco (Photo credit: spieri_sf)

that in complete thankfulness, utter humility, and then complete joy and confidence we may come to the one whom you have sent, and in whom you yourself have come to us. Clean out the many things in us that, now that the hour has come, have become impossible for us, can no longer belong to us, may, must, and will fall away from us, by virtue of your beloved Son, our Lord and Saviour, entering into our midst and creating order.

Have mercy also on all those who either do not yet or do not fully know you and your kingdom, who perhaps once knew everything and have either forgotten, misunderstood, or even denied it!
Have mercy on all of humanity, who today are once again especially plagued, threatened and haunted by so much foolishness. Enlighten the thoughts of those in both the East and the West who are in power and who, as appears to be the case, are today in complete confusion and despair.
Give the rulers and representatives of the people, the judges, teachers, and bureaucrats, give even the newspaper reporters in our homeland, the insight and sobriety that are necessary for their responsible work! Place the right, necessary, and helpful words on the lips of those who have to preach during this Christmas season, and open then also the ears and hearts of those who hear them!
Moravian Stars in the Strietzelmarkt in Dresden
Moravian Stars in the Strietzelmarkt in Dresden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Comfort and encourage those who are sick, both in body and spirit, in the hospitals, as well as the prisoners, and those who are distressed, abandoned, or despairing! Help them with what alone can truly help them and all of us: the clarity of your Word and the quiet work of your Holy Spirit.

We thank you that we are permitted to know that we do not pray and will never pray to you in vain. We thank you that you have let your light rise, that it shines in the darkness, and that the darkness will not overcome it. We thank you that you are God, and that we may be your people.
Amen.
РKarl Barth, 2005, 2008 Fifty Prayers, Westminster John Knox Press pp.4-5
(I agree, in Jesus name. Amen)