Creation doesn’t just speak the glory of God

It sings it with crickets

and even with the brainwaves of seizure patients:

The complaint, “If there’s a God, then why the seizures?” is dwarfed, I think, by “If there’s no God, then why these beautiful human beings?” We believe in a God who is crucified and risen, who brings life out of suffering and death, beginning with his own. This strange music is on tiny sample of that.

HT: Lizzie Scalia on the crickets bit

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  • Pavel Chichikov


    So that the sparks of wisdom might go free

    God withdrew Himself a while to make more room,

    A little while to grant them liberty –

    The medieval rabbis called it *tsimtsum*

    Or so they said and thought of Him but then

    The One who wraps Himself in darkest clouds

    Confers volition and yet reins it in –

    He is the Master of the meek and proud

    This evening the western sky afire

    As if the sun had set the sky ablaze,

    Many were who stopped to feed the pyre

    With their inflammable and precious days


    8, 2013

    • Dan F.

      I always feel, strangely in my mind, a bit more peace after I take the time to read your poems all the way through. I’m not sure if that’s due to me *actually* reading a poem all the way through (much to the chagrin of my English major wife) or due to the particular character of your work but thank you.

      • Pavel Chichikov

        Thank you, Dan. That’s very gratifying and encouraging to hear.


  • James H, London

    Sorry, Mark, that just freaks me out (source no less than substance) I’m going to have to sleep with the light on tonight!