The light shines in the darkness

"The light shines in the darkness"

A series of paintings by Ruth Goodheir


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We gratefully acknowledge permissions to use some poems and passages to accompany the paintings.

By "Incarnation" is a poem taken from I WILL NOT DIE AN UNLIVED LIFE by Dawna Markova, used with permission of Conari Press, an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, York Beach, USA.

Beside "Shadow Self", "Stand up", "Holy Anger" and "Born again" are poetry excerpts from LOVE BURNING DEEP, by Kathy Galloway, with permission from SPCK, Holy Trinity Church, Marlebone Rd., London, UK, NW1 4DU.

By "Pushing the Boat out" is a dialogue adapted from one by Kathy Galloway, used with her permission.

By "Into the Night" and "The Dying Child" are excerpts from poems by Edwin Muir, called "Day and Night" and "The Child Dying" respectively. These are from COLLECTED POEMS BY EDWIN MUIR published by Faber and Faber, 3 Queen St., London, UK, WC1N 3AU, and in the US from COLLECTED POEMS, by Willa Muir, used by permission of Oxford University Press.

By "An Ordinary Miracle" is "Let it Happen", a poem by Joy Mead, from THE ONE LOAF, used by permission of the The Iona Community. Published by Wildgoose Publications, 140 Sauchiehall St., Glasgow, Scotland, G2 3DH.

By "Dream Messengers" are lines from "Ich liebe meines Wesens......../I love the dark hours of my being", from RILKE'S BOOK OF HOURS: LOVE POEMS TO GOD by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy, and used with their permission and that of their publisher, Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

By "Let there be Light" are lines of poetry by Danaan Parry, from THE ESSENE BOOK OF MEDITATIONS AND BLESSINGS (2003): The Earthstewards Network Publishing Co., PO Box 10697, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, USA; used with permission of the estate of Danaan Parry.

By "Journey to the Beginning of Creation" is a poem called "Reflections on Life's Road", by Julia McGuinness. This poem has been republished in 2006, in a book by Julia McGuinness herself, called "Making the Most of Midlife - Christian Choices for Change and Growth". The publishers are the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, the ISBN numbers are 13:978-0-281-05787-0 and 10:0-281-05787-7.

By "Prophesying to the Bones" are lines from Ezekiel, and by "The Blind Sower" are lines (adapted) from Proverbs.

By "The Mother Root" is part of "The Flower", a poem by George Herbert, a 17th Century English clergyman.

By "Joy and Sorrow" is a passage from THE PROPHET, by Kahlil Gibran.

By "Broken Communion" is a poem of my own. By "Singing over the Bones" is another, but there I would have liked to have put a passage adapted from La Loba, from WOMEN WHO RUN WITH WOLVES, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Our inexperience and time constraints meant that we were unable to contact her to ask for permission.