Greater Than Galaxies

29 11 2015



The night,

It feels as cold as the near-desert day was hot.

Yet the sky blazes with light

The darkness of blackness cannot blot:

Dots of white silver bright,

Each still and silent to my short sight.

With the prophet poets of old I myself again ask,

“How long, O Lord? How long?”

And then, at long last,

With speed comes the shout,

As stars suddenly startle with lightning:

“To God, Glory in the highest!

Upon earth, peace!

Among men, good will!”


As small as the star seen farthest in the firmament,

Into the village of David the prophet poet king,

Comes the Creator King of all

Large and small

In heaven and on earth:

Greater than galaxies,

The very Sun of Righteousness

Rising with healing in His wings!

“Let us go… and see….”




Luke 2: 8-18

John 1:1-5

Colossians 1:15-20

Psalm 6:3

Psalm 13:1-2

Psalm 74:9

Psalm 79:5

Psalm 80:4

Psalm 89:46

Psalm 90:13

Psalm 94:3

Jeremiah 12:4

Habbakuk 1:2

Malachi 4:2

Psalm 19:1-14

(Photograph courtesy of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States of America.)


Merry Christmas!

19 12 2014

Cranberry 2

And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring good news to you of great joy which will be for all the people: that today a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.  And this will be the sign for you: you will find the baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:10-12  (Lexham English Bible)


 Think this in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

 who, existing in the form of God,
    did not consider being equal with God something to be grasped,
 but emptied himself
    by taking the form of a slave,
    by becoming in the likeness of people.
And being found in appearance like a man,
 he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to the point of death,
        that is, death on a cross.
 Therefore also God exalted him
    and graciously granted him the name above every name,
 so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
    of those in heaven and of those on earth and of those under the earth,
 and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:5-11 (Lexham English Bible)


 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace
    among people with whom he is pleased!”

Luke 2:14 (Lexham English Bible)

Beside Quiet Water

2 10 2014

Beside Still Waters

“He leadeth me beside the still waters.”  Psalm 23:2

Peace Shall Still Endure

6 04 2013


O Yahweh, by Thy Grace

my mountain standeth strong,

but simply hide Thy face,

and troubles round me throng.

To Thee, O Lord, I raise my cries;

to God my supplications rise.

What shall my blood avail

if to the grave I go?

Shall dust Thy praises tell,

Thy Truth to others show?

Hear me, O Lord, and mercy send;

my God, to me Thy help extend.

Thou hast my soul restored

when I was nigh the grave;

and from the pit, O Lord,

alive Thou didst me save.

O ye His saints, sing to the Lord,

with thanks His Holiness record.

His anger soon is past,

life in His favor lies.

Weeping a night may last,

at morn shall joy arise.

In my prosperity secure,

I said my peace shall still endure.

Lord, I will praise Thy Name,

for Thou hast set me free,

nor suffered foes to claim

a triumph over me.

O Lord, my God, to Thee I cried,

and Thou hast health and strength supplied.

My mourning now is past,

and songs my lips employ;

my sackcloth from me cast,

and I am girt with joy.

So shall my tongue in life adore

and praise my God for evermore.

Psalm 30

(Of David.  Arranged by D. Raymond-Wryhte.)

Sweet Peace

7 02 2013

Sweet Peace, where dost thou dwell? I humbly crave,
Let me once know.
I sought thee in a secret cave,
And ask’d, if Peace were there,
A hollow wind did seem to answer, No:
Go seek elsewhere.

I did, and going did a rainbow note:
Surely, thought I,
This is the lace of Peace’s coat:
I will search out the matter.
But while I looked the clouds immediately
Did break and scatter.

Then went I to a garden and did spy
A gallant flower,
The crown imperial. Sure, said I,
Peace at the root must dwell.
But when I digged, I saw a worm devour
What showed so well.

At length I met a rev’rend good old man,
Whom when for Peace
I did demand, he thus began:
There was a Prince of old
At Salem dwelt, who lived with good increase
Of flock and fold.

He sweetly lived, yet sweetness did not save
His life from foes.
But after death out of his grave
There sprang twelve stalks of wheat;
Which many wond’ring at, got some of those
To plant and set.

It prospered strangely, and did soon disperse
Through all the earth;
For they that taste it do rehearse,
That virtue lies therein;
A secret virtue, bringing peace and mirth
By flight of sin.

Take of this grain, which in my garden grows,
And grows for you;
Make bread of it: and that repose
And peace, which ev’ry where
With so much earnestness you do pursue,
Is only there.

George Herbert


On Wheat:

And Jesus answereth them, saying, “The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you: except a grain of wheat fall into the earth and die, it abideth by itself alone; but if it die, it beareth much fruit.

He that loveth his life loseth it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me. Where I am, there shall also my servant be. If any man serve me, him will the Father honor.”

John 12:23-26

“But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

Acts of the Apostles 1:8

On Bread:

Jesus therefore said unto them, “Verily, verily, I say unto you: it was not Moses who gave you the bread out of heaven; my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world… I am the bread of life: he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes on me shall never thirst… Verily, verily, I say unto you: he who believes has eternal life.

“I am the bread of life…

“This is the bread that comes down out of heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread that came down out of heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever…”

John 6:32,33,35,47,48,50,51

On Peace:

“But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.”

John 14:26-27

On Peace:

For by grace have you been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no man should boast.

We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God beforehand prepared that we should walk in them. 

Wherefore remember that, once you – the Gentiles in the flesh who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called Circumcision in the flesh, made by hands – that you were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made nigh in the blood of Christ.  He is our peace, who made both one, and broke down the wall of partition. Having abolished in the flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances, He created in Himself of the two one new man, so making peace, and reconciled them both in one body unto God through the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.  He came and preached peace to you that were far off, and peace to them that were nigh, for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit unto the Father.

So then you are no more strangers and sojourners. You are fellow-citizens with the saints and of the household of God, being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the chief corner stone. In Him each building, fitly framed together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In Him you also are built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.

Ephesians 2:8-22

On Peace:

“What man is he that desireth life, And loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good. Seek peace, and pursue it.”

Psalm 34:12-14

On Peace:

“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee. The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26

On the Secret Cave:

Read 1 Samuel 22:1-2 and the passages following through chapter 26. Read also 1 Kings 19:1-21.

On the Rainbow:

Read Genesis 9:8-17.

On the Garden:

Read Genesis 2 and 3.



7 01 2013

My soul, there is a country,
Afar beyond the stars,
Where stands a wingèd sentry,
All skillful in the wars.

There, above noise and danger,
Sweet Peace sits crowned with smiles,
And One born in a manger
Commands the beauteous files.

He is thy gracious Friend
And (O my soul, awake!)
Did in pure love descend,
To die here for thy sake.

If thou canst get but thither,
There grows the flower of peace,
The rose that cannot wither,
Thy fortress, and thy ease.

Leave, then, thy foolish ranges;
For none can thee secure
But One, who never changes,
Thy God, thy Life, thy Cure.

Henry Vaughan