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I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God’s help I shall succeed – Vincent van Gogh   Luke 19:1-10 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was,…

Self portrait (1)

I put my heart and soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process – Vincent van Gogh   Mark 5:1-20 Jesus and his disciples came to the other side of the lake, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out…

Cypresses

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore. – Vincent van Gogh   Exodus 3:1-6 Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb,…

The Good Samaritan

There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people – Vincent van Gogh   Luke 10:25-37 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘You…

The Prayer

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together – Vincent van Gogh Luke 18:9-14 Jesus also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and…

Starry Night

“I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream” – Vincent van Gogh   Psalm 8 O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because…

Church at Auvers

One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way. – Vincent van Gogh Matthew 23:23-28 Jesus said ‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and…

The bedroom

It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning. – Vincent van Gogh   Mark 5:35-43 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?’ But overhearing what they said, Jesus…

The Sower

The beginning is perhaps more difficult than anything else, but keep heart, it will turn out all right. – Vincent van Gogh Matthew 13:1-9 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the lake. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the…

The Red Vineyard

Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague – Vincent van Gogh Matthew 20:1-16 Jesus said: ‘For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he…

To live more musically….

To live more musically….Through Lent with Vincent In the end, we shall have had enough of cynicism, skepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically – Vincent van Gogh This collection of poems stemmed from a poetry retreat where we were asked to choose a picture from a selection at and write…

Isaiah’s Hineni

This story can be found here Isaiah’s Hineni – Isaiah 6 With ears ringing, filled with heaven’s eternal, holy song, deaf to all but praise From eyes seared by witnessing the Almighty, purifying sight Forced to my knees by quaking – shaking and unstable liable to fall Through smoke choked lungs and singed lips; speech…