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The Still Small Voice of Love

Many voices ask for our attention. There is a voice that says, “Prove that you are a good person.” Another voice says, “You’d better be ashamed of yourself.” There also is a voice that says, “Nobody really cares about you,” and one that says, “Be sure to become successful, popular, and powerful.” But underneath all these often very noisy voices is a still, small voice that says, “You are my Beloved, my favour rests on you.” That’s the voice we need most of all to hear. To hear that voice, however, requires special effort; it requires solitude, silence, and a strong determination to listen.

That’s what prayer is. It is listening to the voice that calls us “my Beloved.”

Henri Nouwen

Think about that last sentence.

Take a few minutes to listen to the voice that calls you “my Beloved”

It might help to play this beautiful music by Ketil Bjornstadt & Svante Henryson

“Own” by Ketil Bjornstadt & Svante Henryson, from the album, “Floating” on ECM

Where is your Holy Landscape?

Amado Beach, Portugal

 

 

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

Landscape.

 

 

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.

What do you see 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?

Tenebrae2-Erica L Grimm

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 are my Hands – Aaron Niequist

Here are my Hands

here are my hands

they’re small, they’re small and

here are my hands

they’re small and trembling

 

here are my arms

they’re weak, they’re weak but

here are my arms

they’re weak but willing

 

here are my eyes

they burn with memories

here are my eyes

they’re teared and tired

 

here are my feet

they’re slow, they’re slow but

here are my feet

they’re stumbling to You now

 

and God, i know

there still is so much i just don’t know

and God, i believe

Your Kingdom can still be built in me

 

So here is my heart

here is my soul

take me in part

take me in whole, whole, whole

i want to be whole, whole, whole

 

here are my hands

they’re small, they’re small and

here are my hands

they’re small and trembling

 

here are my dreams

they’re me protected

here are my dreams

so please be gentle now

 

and God, i know

there still is so much i just don’t know

and God, i believe

Your Kingdom can still be built on me

 

so here is my heart

here is my soul

Your kingdom come

my kingdom go, go, go

i’m letting it go, go, go

i’m letting it go, go, go

i’m letting it go, go, go

 

Here is a video of the song. On Aaron’s website (see below) there is a live version, which I think is arranged better and doesn’t have the repeated banjo notes.

You can find more of Aaron Niequist’s music here.

From Carrot to Clarinet

This sounds like one of those Christmas Cracker brain teasers:  “How do you change Carrot to Clarinet without taking your pencil off the paper?”

In fact it is a video of Linsey Pollack’s amazing inventiveness.

Take a look, have a laugh, be amazed, uncumber yourself;

You may even find your brain refreshed enough to bring ingenuity to your own situation.

My Heart

Listen to this music.

Close your eyes and imagine a scene.

How do the scene and the music speak to you?

Is there a connection?  Is it a comfort?  Is there a call of some kind?


And how does this replenish you as you return to where you were before?

The music is an excerpt from Evo Srcu by Hungarian band, Söndörgó, taken from their latest CD Tamburocket - Hungarian Fireworks.  The title, in Croatian, means "My Heart".