When I read Phantastes the first time, I was so enchanted by the Beech tree that I found myself writing her song to Anodos. It wasn't too long after that I decided Phantastes was the book I needed to put to music...
George MacDonald opened my eyes to Christian mysticism, to the reality of the presence of God in the things he has made. Through his writings, and those of other great mystics and thinkers, I learned and am learning to see more deeply into the world around me, to look with spiritual eyes on what seems everyday and insignificant. The deeper I go into this way of seeing, the more I perceive the hand of God in in the natural world...
Jolyn Canty's watercolor below was inspired by reading George MacDonald's poem, Consider the Ravens, and listening to Mary Lichlyter's musical setting.
This watercolor by Jolyn Canty was inspired by her reading of the January 24th entry in Consuming Fire.
Lord, according to thy words,
I have considered thy birds;
And I find their life good,
And better the better understood:
Sowing neither corn nor wheat
They have all that they can eat;
Reaping no more than they sow
They have more than they could stow;
Having neither barn nor store,
Hungry again, they eat more...