Monthly Archives: December 2014

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?

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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.

Help Us To Live Slowly

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.

Amen

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 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.

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.

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