Mining the Bright Birds: Poems of Longing for Home
The invitation to discover our deepest longings is often a call to lean into the many ways we express ourselves—as poet or painter or simply a person whose hand holds onto our Creator’s on the pathway home.
Mining the Bright Birds offers a glimmer of light to shine the way.
Over 450 readers have found the message about slowing down and simplifying the Christmas season–from Advent to Epiphany–a welcome word for the busy season of celebration surrounding the holidays.
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Emmanuel Poems-Verses for the Holidays invites readers to dip into the vast ocean that is poetry, combined with the deep well of mystery surrounding Christmas. Emmanuel means “God with us,” a title that umbrellas the theme of these poems, that God sent his Son Jesus to inhabit our everyday world.
Several of the poems accompany the beginning season of Advent’s forty days, from the prophecy in “Dayspring from on High” and “Anna Waits” to the preparation of our homes and hearts in “Search.Light” to “Undecorating on Twelfth Night” before Epiphany. The eleven poem collection includes “Hidden,” a poem weaving Christ’s birth with the threads of his death and resurrection, the real reason that He came.
Readers will find simple watercolors interspersed with the poetry to add a bit of whimsy and inspiration to the collection.
Annual cycles in our physical world also mirror our interior lives, whether we are conscious of it or not. Readers will find the poems in Hearts on Pilgrimage echo the seasons, from Winter and its time of dormancy and rest, through Spring bringing new life, Summer’s burgeoning growth and flourishing, into Fall with an eye towards harvest and a future. Travelers will find a welcome poetic companion as they journey through whatever season is ahead, eyes and ears wide open to God’s invisible Kingdom drawing us home.