|Sunrise on Patmos|
Doves calling to other doves, roosters to other roosters: the world woke me up this morning. The Maker of heaven and earth said: TIME TO GET UP! Just before six. And rising out of the hills of distant Turkey--the sun!
What came to mind, almost immediately, was Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus!" After all, the signature texts owe everything to Patmos and John's Revelation: "King of kings and Lord of lords!" and "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord!" and "He will reign forever and ever!" (Rev. 11:15).
It's strange to imagine Handel's immense achievement beginning here, on Patmos, in John's dark and isolated cave. But maybe that's where genius is often liberated: in the caves of our hearts, in the lovely and lonely vistas we see from there. Will you spend time in your cave today?
|Icon of John the Prophet at the Cave|
|Stony Path to the "Cave of the Apocalypse"|