Bishop John Shelby Spong ~ June 16, 1931 – September 12, 2021
Bishop Spong provided a much needed place for those of us who did not connect with traditional theology. We love you Bishop Spong. You will be missed! Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s, Morristown, NJ and at St. Paul’s, Richmond, VA. Dates and times will be announced as soon as they are available

Night Sky Wonder

As I step outside a crystal-clear night awaits me

Star gazing’s my passion and the sky views are free


A crescent Moon hangs in the west and soon it will be setting

Many objects I will see tonight — on that I sure am betting


Orion greets me with shield lifted as a warrior of old

Ancient mythologies of a bygone era are once again told


Many other constellations are soon to get attention

Connect the dots and use some vivid imagination


A patch of pale sunlight hovers close to the horizon

Disappearing over the edge — darkness again has won


The Milky Way band arches gracefully above me

Myriad stars in the billions, many you just can’t see


Venus and Mars paired closely as I look out to the west

Toward the horizon they head but now showing off their best


A meteor flashes and leaves behind a momentary trail

A “falling star” as it’s called will add to my night’s tale


More constellations are noted as I study imagined tracings

Large connections of stars that can get a person’s heart to racing


My binoculars I grab and I feel so very free

What more far-away things am I now going to see?


From gas clouds and galaxies to stars grouped in a cluster

An excitement sensed so easily, a feeling I need not muster


The cosmos is expanding, an evolution so very endless

The mystery is searched for, no end to this Infinite Greatness


From star dust we formed, a wonderful God-created unfolding

To stellar realms our dust returns, as a cosmic cradle holding


Next morning I tell my family about my night adventure story

Once again I had seen the sky, viewed as nature in all its glory


July 2013


Topics: Fiction and Poetry and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Poetry.

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