Monday, August 19, 2013

Pure Gold


(Symbol Au) A soft, yellow, corrosion-resistant element, the most malleable and ductile metal, occurring in veins and alluvial deposits and recovered by mining or by panning or sluicing. A good thermal and electrical conductor, gold is generally alloyed to increase its strength, and it is used as an international monetary standard, in jewelry, for decoration, and as a plated coating on a wide variety of electrical and mechanical components. Atomic number 79; atomic weight 196.967; melting point 1,063.0°C; boiling point 2,966.0°C; specific gravity 19.32; valence 1, 3.

The symbol Au is from the Latin: aurum, according to some sources meaning "shining dawn," from Sabine ausum "glowing dawn."

Gold is the most malleable of all metals; a single gram can be beaten into a sheet of 1 square meter, or an ounce into 300 square feet. Gold leaf can be beaten thin enough to become transparent. The transmitted light appears greenish blue, because gold strongly reflects yellow and red.Such semi-transparent sheets also strongly reflect infrared light, making them useful as infrared (radiant heat) shields in visors of heat-resistant suits, and in sun-visors for spacesuits. 
Aristotle in his ethics used gold symbolism when referring to what is now commonly known as the golden mean. Similarly, gold is associated with perfect or divine principles, such as in the case of the golden ratio and the golden rule.
Gold is further associated with the wisdom of aging and fruition. The fiftieth wedding anniversary is golden. Our precious latter years are sometimes considered "golden years." The height of a civilization is referred to as a "golden age."
Something regarded as having great value or goodness.
(from Wikipedia and the Free Online Dictionary)

When I think of gold 
I think of light, like the sun
warmth, like the fire

When I think of gold
I think of love, like a ring
sparkle, like champagne

I think of mystery, like the harvest moon
exotica, like the crux of a peacock's feather

When I think of gold
I think of foil, on a creamy Indian sweet
wrapping, of a 5-Star chocolate bar

I think of nine metres, shimmering shot silk
holiday chappals, Kolapurs on dusty roads

When I think of gold
I think of history past, my first friend
History present, her sons almost men

I think of two sisters singing:
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
More to be desired are they than gold,
yea, than much fine gold ...

I think of patient Job, trusting,
"But He knows the way that I take -
 When He has tried me,
 I shall come forth as gold."

When I think of gold
I think of mining depths
sifting through detritus
testing mettle
furnace purifying

Unto the perfect day

I think of


  1. "When He has tried me I shall come forth as gold."-- We don't necessarily like the 'trying' part, though, do we? :)

  2. BTW I love the way you introduce each blog: The kettle's boiling and the...." Never tire of reading it. I feel the warmth of the fire and the friendly, companionable, uplifting visit.

    I'd probably want coffee, mind you. But somehow, "Coffee pot's on" doesn't have the same ring to it. lol

  3. That is my life verse. I'm waiting for the day when the gold starts showing. Feels like I'm pretty tarnished. :) I'm so thankful for the encouragement of God's word to my soul. Thanks for sharing this, dear Karyn.

    1. Wasn't it amazing to learn, Rosalie, that one tiny gram of gold can be beaten into a 3-foot-squared area? Even when you're spread too thin, you're still gold ...

  4. Thank you for this shining encouragement!

  5. Beautiful comments for a very beautiful young woman.
    Proverbs 31 suits her perfectly.
    Thanks for putting into words what many of us could not!

    1. Thank you, Mom, for your love, friendship, encouragement, and the place only you have in my heart! You mean a lot to me and I'm grateful to share life's road with you.

  6. Golden words from a golden love for a beautiful pure golden life, that of Bronwyn, like that of Jesus, Gold of Holy Life!

    1. Thank you, Marcia, for the rich gift of your words.

  7. Dearest Karyn,
    What a wondrous message your golden leaves shed on me today! Thank you from my heart. I will re-read them time and again, and yet even the first time through I received the cherished message of your love which believes the highest and best of me, and for that ... there are no words to express the honour and prize, nor the inspiration. Thank you so very, very much. I love you dearly.

    Karyn, you have enlivened and illuminated my heart on the doorstep of 50. I pass on in, hopeful, with eyes open for the wonders on the other side.

    Love and thanks, for the 50 years plus light years and eternal light to come.

    Bronwyn - your sister and friend.


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