Hide Me in the Shadow of your Wings

Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8

Angel wings have been a source of inspiration in art from the earliest of days. These images come from La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. The wings are etched onto the ceilings of the aisles and lit by colours that stream through the stained glass windows. The colours change depending on the strength and angle of the sun. It is truly awe inspiring.

 

Love Bade Me Welcome

This poem by George Herbert is a special message to all those who do not feel worthy to accept the freely given love and forgiveness of God. If it speaks to you it is for you. The image is from the tympanum above one of the doors to Bordeaux cathedral.
Tympanum detail
Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back
                              Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
                             From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
                             If I lacked any thing.
A guest, I answered, worthy to be here:
                             Love said, You shall be he.
I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah my dear,
                             I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
                             Who made the eyes but I?
Truth Lord, but I have marred them: let my shame
                             Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame?
                             My dear, then I will serve.
You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat:
                             So I did sit and eat.

Our Lady of Montserrat – Pray for Us

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Our Lady of Montserrat Pray for Us

As I travel around I gather images that speak to me. They may inspire thoughts, poems or verses from the Bible. Many of the images are from small churches although some will be inspired by our great Catholic heritage such as Montserrat and La Sagrada Familia from my recent visit to Barcelona. I queued a long time to see Our Lady of Montserrat and had only a few seconds with her but as I looked into her kind and gentle face I felt something pass between us – something I can’t explain.  We live in a busy, noisy world where images flash past us all the time. So, we need to pause and drink in the beauty that is around us. Share the images that have inspired you…