Sunday, September 27, 2009

Circle of Life

This mural was painted by Michael Johnson, a former student of mine. I absolutely love it! I love trees in the first place, but the addition of the celtic circle is just so interesting to me.

The never ending circle is the most commonly seen design in Celtic artwork. The most popular interpretation is that the complex, interlocking weaving of the knotwork is representative of interconnecting forces of life, a very important concept in Celtic philosophy. It could also represent the endless circle of life, with no beginning, no end.

A favorite song by a favorite group of mine- "Circle of Friends". I heard Point of Grace sing it live! It is a beautiful song about the wonder of so many friends, who have their share of troubles on this earth, demands of the world, loneliness, trying to fit in, hurts and sorrow...but we all know that we can count on each other to be there for us within our circle of friends. The REALLY amazing part is, we share one Father, and we share the prayer that we'll gather together in heaven one day.....our circle of friends.

Love to all the friends I have met along the way!
We were made to love and be loved
But the price this world demands
Will cost you far too much
Spent so many lonely years just tryin' to fit in
Now I've found my place
In this circle of friends

In a circle of friends
We have one Father
In a circle of friends
We share this prayer
That every orphan soul will know
And all will enter in
To the shelter of this circle of friends

If you weep, I will weep with you
If you sing for joy the rest of us
Will lift our voices too
But no matter what you feel inside
There's no need to pretend
That's the way it is in this circle of friends

In a circle of friends
We have one Father
In a circle of friends
We share this prayer
That we'll gather together
No matter how the highway bends
I will not lose this circle of friends

Among the nations, tribes, and tounges
We have sisters and brothers
And when we meet in Heaven
We will recognize each other
With joy so deep (joy so deep)
And love so sweet (love so sweet)
We'll celebrate these friends
And life that never ends

In a circle of friends
We have one Father
In a circle of friends
We share this prayer
That it will not be long
Before all will enter in
To the shelter of this circle of friends

That it will not be long
Before all will enter in
To the shelter of this circle of friends

Circle of friends

4 comments:

Sunshine Mama said...

That is a pretty picture.

Deborah Ann said...

Oh, I love those lyrics! I'm going to itunes to check it out. I always appreciate finding new christian music, it's what keeps me uplifted and happy...

Rosslyn Elliott said...

That's a great set of lyrics. I especially like the way they say, "all are welcome," which is surely the most important quality for any circle of believing friends.

Thanks for introducing me to the song!

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Beautiful, Carol! And love that song, too. Point of Grace ROCKS!