Watch … enjoy … ponder
We often think of Lent as a time when we give out. But we can also accept a helping hand from others. The Lent Project is a superb resource created by Biola University, Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts. It offers you the chance to spend a little time each day with music, art and words. And you can subscribe to receive email updates, as well as a reminder when they produce their next resource.
Click this link for access.
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.
Here is a prayer by Michael Leunig.
While you are letting it seep in, you can listen to it sung, a capella, by The Idea of North.
God help us to live slowly
To move simply
To look softly
To allow emptiness
To allow the heart to create for us.
Prayer: Michael Leunig: When I talk to You - A cartoonist talks to God, 2006, Kansas.
Music: The Idea of North, The Gospel Project, 2006
Here’s a prayer to help us connect with God in fresh ways.
How do the words resonate with you? Is there a line for you to take away now?
Our Mother who dwells in all
Hallowed be your name;
Your presence come,
Your love be done,
In life as in death.
Show us today your flowing way.
Remind us of your pulse,
As we remind those whom we love of your heartbeat.
Lead us fully into balance,
Unite us with your dance;
For yours is the process, the light and the darkness,
Forever and ever,
“For it is true, together we live.”
St Teresa of Avila
Take a moment to think about your relationships.
at work – at home – in the wider world
During the middle ages, a traveller once came upon a quarry where hundreds of men were hard at work. The traveller got talking, and asked them what they were doing.
The first man was very grumpy. “I’m having to cut these massive boulders with the most basic tools. The sun’s hot and we hardly get a break. I’m aching, hot, tired – and what’s it all for?”
The second man said, “Well, I have a wife and children at home. My wife does what she can and I do what I can. I cut these stones into regular shapes and we keep food on the table.
The third man looked up with shining eyes. He pointed to the sky. “I’m building a cathedral!” he said.
What are you building?