tanka: the murmuring of flowing watersitting by the stream silently in solitude with mindful presence water’s memory runs deep flowing home to ancient seas
Herb Stone here&now working poetry January 16, 2022
video by author
Author’s note: I wish to thank my English friends, Emma Hepburn and Rosie Dowbekin, for their love of the beautiful streams in England, which inspired me to write this tanka poem. I am forever grateful for your inspiration.
Click on video and turn up sound to hear the murmuring stream
Christmas Morn Reflections: The Cosmic Christ comes into the world in the way of weakness, vulnerability, and need and a mission of radical grace and love for healing the world of power, oppression, and violence and lifting up the oppressed
“God entered into our world not with the crushing impact of unbearable glory, but in the way of weakness, vulnerability and need. On a wintry night in an obscure cave, the infant Jesus was a humble, naked, helpless God who allowed us to get close to him….The Bethlehem mystery will ever be a scandal to aspiring disciples who seek a triumphant Savior and a prosperity Gospel.” – Brennan Manning, Shipwrecked at the Stable
“The whole point of the kingdom of God is Jesus has come to bear witness to the true truth, which is nonviolent. When God wants to take charge of the world, he doesn’t send in the tanks. He sends in the poor and the meek.” – N.T. Wright
to the coming of the Universal Cosmic Christ child God with us Emmanuel
time now comes to its eternal fullness
filled with awe and reverence in this ever-present moment
standing in the silent snow covered field in bleak mid-Winter
stripped of adornment travelers weary in the cold and mud
only the angels, shepherds, and magi will witness this New Day
that Heaven and its Love reign down on me and us all then, now, and evermore
Herb Stone here&now working poetry December 24&25, 2021
photo by author in ‘A Snowy Winter Eve’
Blue Advent reflections: The lowly, the imperfect, and the wounded shall be lifted up in dignity and rejoice
God, by whatever name you know, chooses the lowly, the imperfect, the wounded to do God’s work in this world!
This season of our different faiths and spiritual traditions can be a challenging time for many of us this time of year. However, my dear brothers, sisters, siblings, we must always remember that none of us is too ‘lowly’ to do the work of God, too imperfect do be loved by God and the Godly, too wounded to not be healed in this Divine radical acceptance and love!
Just consider the birth of the Universal Cosmic Christ in that dirty stable and on the run from the Roman empire!
And consider the words below of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor, saint, and martyr, as he preached in his Christmas sermon in his homeland of Germany during the reign of the Nazis.
And yes, we live again in the time fascist tyrants, dominant empires, pandemics, and violence and many are heartbroken, wounded, marginalized , oppressed, and neglected.
Let us remember, we are all children of a Universal God, a Cosmic Christ, and a pervasive Spirit, who belong together in diverse, authentic, neighborly communities of grace, love, mercy, justice, and hope
For God’s love for us, we love one another now and always!
Let us love one another during seasons of the Spirit, the Holy Days, the not so Holy Days, and all year around eternally as we are called to do by the Cosmic Universal Christ consciousness at its dawning!
“Lo, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Jesus, the Cosmic Christ, to the disciples, as reported by Matthew in his Good News
Authors note: My use of the ‘Universal Cosmic Christ’ designates an incarnate principal of consciousness grounded in radical grace and radical love for one another which extends beyond a single religion or spiritual tradition and therefore is universally available to all beings here and now always.
in Advent at Winter Solstice
O Winter Solstice O Star of the East O Oriens O Holy Night O Radiant Dawn O Nativity O Eternal Light
come shine down on those who dwell in darkness under the shadow of death
that they may be transformed with eyes to see the beauty and ears to hear the good news of Heaven and Earth as One
Herb Stone here&now working poetry December 21, 2021
Author’s note: Today marks the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. It is also the 24th. day of Advent. It is the day the antiphon O Oriens is sung. The Nativity of the Universal, Cosmic Christ is later this week followed by the Epiphany. Light upon Light! Many religions and spiritual traditions celebrate the Light at this time of bleak mid-Winter. O Orien lyrics appear in stanza two.
YouTube music video: Queens’ College Choir, Cambridge, Queens’ Chapel Players, Silas Wollston, Album And Comes The Day: Carols and Antiphons for Advent