Monday, May 30, 2011
Song to the Holy Spirit- James K Baxter
A Pentecost psalm that seems to simply resound both with a deep walk with the spirit and (as this humble pictorial rendition seeks to show a connection with this land I call home.
Sadly I cannot lay claim to the pictures as ell as the words (and the last photo is not from New Zealand)
You blow like the wind in a thousand paddocks,
Inside and outside the fences,
You blow where you wish to blow.
You are the sun who shines on the little plant,
You warm him gently, you give him life,
You raise him up to become a tree with many leaves.
You are the mother eagle with her young,
Holding them in peace under your feathers.
On the highest mountain you have built your nest,
Above the valley, above the storms of the world,
Where no hunter ever comes.
You are the bright cloud in whom we hide,
In whom we know already that the battle has been won.
You bring us to our Brother Jesus
To rest our heads upon his shoulder.
You are the kind fire who does not cease to burn,
Consuming us with flames of love and peace,
Driving us out like sparks to set the world on fire.
In the love of friends you are building a new house,
Heaven is with us when you are with us.
You are singing your songs in the hearts of the poor
Guide us, wound us, heal us. Bring us to the Father
– James K. Baxter, ‘Song to the Holy Spirit’, in Collected Poems (ed. John Edward Weir; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979), 572.