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Incarnation For All Year Round

Take a look at this video.  It is just under 8 minutes long.

Consider the mystery of God at work in your life.

What is coming to birth?

If you are unsure of the answer, perhaps you could make it your prayer to be able to see something being birthed in you over the coming period of time.

(If the video is jerky, watch direct in YouTube here.)

This amazing music, Utviklingssang, is by Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard & Steve Swallow, from the album, Trios.  The pictures are fractals originally by Richard Lyall, but since edited.

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.

Online Advent

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.

George Tooker Night 1

“Look Mum, no parachute…”

In this film, a man jumps out of a plane without a parachute and lands on a trampoline inside a hangar.  The stunt is possible because of three things:  (1) he has experience in skydiving (though he has not done this before);  (2) he is securely wearing a high tech and well-tested homing device to guide him through the air;  (3) there is a specially made trampoline to land on. It also takes courage and very careful preparation.

Now watch the film and answer the question below.

Are you as prepared as you can be for the issues you face?

Be courageous in preparation and prepared for acts of courage.