Down by the sea-sprayed stones which
Whisper of the ancient ways, I pray at these sacred
Edges, hearing the call of the wild to
Listen, linger, and send roots down in this holy
Where is your “holy landscape”?
It could be anywhere.
Take a few moments to close your eyes, picture it, and if you like,
to pray.This poem is by Christine Valters Paintner. You can find out more about her here.
Take a long look at this painting – Tenebrae – by Erica L. Grimm.
How does it speak to you? What feelings does it pull out of you?
As you respond to the painting, is there anything you want to say to God?
Tenebrae means “darkness” or “shadows”. It is a service of Holy Week that often takes place on the morning of Maundy Thursday. You can find out more about Erica Grimm here – including the amazing video she made with David Squires’ music, in response to the Bali bombing of 2002.
There is hardly a more important time in which to carve out space for spirituality than the run-up to Christmas, or Advent. But many of us need help in doing so. That’s where The Advent Project can help. This excellent online Advent Calendar invites you to open a “window” each day, or get them sent to you via email. It is purely devotional rather than being linked to a particular cause or issue.
Each day there is a Scripture Reading, a thoughtful comment, a prayer, and alongside them, an evocative painting and a piece of music which you can either play or not. It’s a great way of being still for 5 minutes and reflecting prayerfully. Also, there is an excellent introduction, explaining what Advent is about.
Follow this link to The Advent Project by the Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts at Biola University.