Lilith was the first MacDonald book I ever read, and has remained my favorite. Mr. Vane's eerie experiences in The Evil Wood, the mystery of Mara, and the affluent yet drab and oppressive existence of the people of Bulika, all of these ideas have always intrigued me. A few songs were written but they never found a home on any other release. i was always unwilling to part with them because of my love for the book so I finally decided to write some more songs also focused on and inspired by the book itself. Over the next few years I would revisit the book and find something new, and that eventually became this tribute album.
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...