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The Spirit of All Things

Spirit of All Things (The)

Rev. Geoffrey Bingham

by Rev. Geoffrey Bingham

Publisher: Troubadour Press

Subject: Poetry, Anthology

Book Code: 332

Pages: 244 pp, Book

Pub. Date: 1992

ISBN: 1 87565 300 7

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All Things of the Spirit

‘The Spirit of All Things’

From the Introduction

Finally we can look at our title, The Spirit of All Things. This can be looked at in two ways: (i) the Spirit of all things, and (ii) the spirit of all things. The first says that the Spirit of God is universal and all things are initiated by him and all things exist in him, no matter how fallen and evil they have become, no matter how high and glorious they are. Thus everything lives and loves and has its being in the Spirit of God. No matter how fractured it is, it is not abandoned. Nothing is absent from the Presence. On the one hand the Presence can be an intolerable agony to that which is out of kilter with it. On the other hand it can be the source of unitive love, steady joy, and true shalom to the one in kilter with it.

    If we take the title to be ‘the spirit of all things’, then we mean the book is trying to get behind all that is felt and seen and comprehended, the poems are about what is thus sensed, even if ‘all things’ are not wholly comprehended. Gradually—where one desires it and is open to it—wisdom grows, a wisdom that ‘comes down from above’ and which is ‘first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity’. It is to be hoped that all we have talked about in this Introduction, and all we have written in the poems, has its roots in such wisdom, and manifests some semblance of it.