Taking Heed According to Thy Word
Book 500 of An Encyclopedia of Everything.
I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to concentrate. Life presses in and its demands are most times overwhelming. The important things suffer mostly, and in the maelstrom we take too much for granted, expecting that what we have is a right, not a privilege. The quiet time afforded at the Ecclesia is a blessing I try not to take for granted, and the talks, seminars and lectures are an oasis, which can also be neglected/taken for granted. I write copious notes during this time and the Taking Heed According to Thy Word series is by far the biggest in An Encyclopedia of Everything. I think it’s about 15 books now.
This book covers the period of the Judges, where the lesson of sound leadership can be terribly neglected, the danger of using careless words through the examples of Laban and Balaam the Syrians, the building of the image empire of Daniel 2 in the latter days, and a really excellent lecture given by Dr David Fraser on Science and the Bible – a paraphrase could be – Is God Relevant? Some interesting propositions came from this discourse. For example; does God only begin where science ends/can God and science co-exist/are science and God diametrically opposed ideologies? David contrasted scientists such as Prof Peter Higgs (Nobel prize winner 2013 – atheist) and Prof William Phillips (Nobel prize winner 1997). Both these men are unified on science, but are separated by their world view.
He went on to discuss Sir Isaac Newton and Prof Stephen Hawking who both held the same Chair, though 300 years apart and how their world views are completely different. Many examples of the fine minds of this world were compared and an overriding point for me became – mankind through science can work out all the How’s of creation, but the Why’s elude him if he is looking in the wrong direction.
This book also has notes on the different names and titles of God and their meanings, as well as a very interesting examination of the theory of evolution. It concludes with the start of notes on the Immanuel Prophesies and the birth of Mahershalalhashbaz.
Where I’m At (Once and Again)
Unique Book, Where I’m At series, accordion bound, spine from Jans Bottom Drawer Series. Looking back over this subject (I think this is Book 9 in the series), I see some things change, but many do not.Recap – these are autobiographical books, but not in the traditional sense. I’m not particularly keen on autobiographies – they’re more records of creative process. There has not been much time for scribbling as has been my custom, on large paper sheets, so I cut up one of the prints from Jans Bottom Drawer series to form the spine of the book. I get the feeling that An Encyclopedia of Everything may be drawing to a close as a project – and 500 books seems a good number to end on. But, by its very nature I don’t think it will ever END, but its slowed down considerably. One of the reasons is my penchant for change, perhaps. Working for 3 years in volumes this size has at least rekindled my interest in working on large surfaces once more. The book contains this process as well as reflections on where I find myself right now, sometimes awash in the vicissitudes of life, nevertheless standing firm in faith.
So, how was your day?
Book of aleatory poetry – edition of 9 chapbooks, 1 book.
it came to me
the order we woke up in.
its always with hindsight isn’t it.
(marvelous subatomic stuff)
the realization of
WHAT she’d done.
don’t be too hard
that was another time
trying to save
everything that happened
For full version of poem see: http://collaborativecanto.blogspot.com