Go ahead and rise, stars.
“Simeon’s Moment” by Ron DiCianni
Whisper about the origins
of the universe, your secret,
holy fires. Tonight I will remember
the child I held to my chest.
I will pull my cloak to my face
and drift in the sweetness of milk.
from Simeon by Tania Runyan (Lines 25-31)
Simeon is one of six poems from Nativity Suite, a BEaUtiful collection of poems written by poet Tania Runyan. Originally written as a gift for family and friends, Tania shared them with her readers several years back. Truly a gift to all!! Won’t you take the time to explore them today? Savor the new perspective they bring to the many characters of CHRISTmas. If you’re following along on our ADVENTure Prayer Walk this Christmas season, these poems will pair well with those reflections.
And isn’t the painting above of Simeon incredible? I love the expression of pure joy on Simeon’s face as he at last looks upon the face of the infant Jesus Christ! Artist Ron DiCianni captures the moment beautifully!
Today’s poet, Tania Runyan, is the author of several poetry books, including A Thousand Vessels, Simple Weight, and the chapbook Delicious Air.
Blessings of ARTistry, CREATivity & BEaUty, Jody
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What is Create-A-Day? Just as One-A-Day® Vitamins help restore the nutrients we deplete in our bodies, so too do we need to refill, replenish and renew our creative souls. In 2015, watch for daily* posts to undergird your ministry; lead you to resources to nurture the creative spirit within; and draw you more deeply in worship of Jesus Christ. My goal is to provide you, the creative Christian, with over 250* resources to help you develop your ARTistry, CREATivity & capacity for BEaUty. Books, worship arts ministries, video series, websites, conferences—all geared towards artists, creatives, worshipers and people serving in worship and creative arts ministries. So, visit my blog every day* to see what creative resource I’ve hunted down for you. You can stay connected by following me on Twitter or Facebook. Or better yet, sign up to receive email updates by clicking the button to the left. We’ll watch the resources pile up as the year unfolds!
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Jody Thomae is the author of God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You, a devotional book with Bible studies to nurture the creative spirit within and to serve as a resource for creative Christians, artists, musicians and worshippers. She has been involved in worship arts ministry since 1997, coordinating artistic involvement in church services and regional worship events through dance, drama, poetry and fine arts. She performs, teaches, choreographs, preaches, coordinates and leads workshops in the area of creativity, spirituality and embodied prayer. She has also recently released a devotional CD, Song of the Beloved. Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made more real through the prophetic use of the arts in church and formational ministry. It is her desire to portray the message of Christ’s desperate and unfailing love for His people to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary. Life scriptures include Psalm 27; Isaiah 50:4-7; and Zephaniah 3:14-17.