From dust and ashes (After a poem by Nelly Sachs)

We travel through cosmic debris. All the time a war wages – starshower missiles, misguided asteroids. The mayhem is our doing. Harmony – meant to be sung – ended with us. Begin again with us. From ashes we stand, cupped hands opened to receive, to re-enter Your orbit. (Inspired by this translation of Nelly Sachs:Continue reading “From dust and ashes (After a poem by Nelly Sachs)”


…the dread of something after death – The undiscover’d country, from whose bourn No traveller returns – puzzles the will, And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of… (William Shakespeare, Hamlet) What dreams may come when we set out for stars? What will we findContinue reading “Astronomy”


I do not know the ways of spheres: how planets orbit, how stars alight. I do not know how life’s sustained, how atmospheres enfold. I do not know the wheres or whys, how Jupiter protects our sky. I only know the heart of man and know that it is sick. I have not plumbed theContinue reading “Knowledge”

Psalm: Creation (The Cornucopia of Heaven)

Psalm: Creation After Joseph Haydn, “Die Schöpfung: Erster Teil” Why all these bodies, and why should persons be able to communicate with each other? And why trees and earth and water and fire and wind and lions and lambs and lilies and birds and bread and wine? (John Piper, This Momentary Marriage)