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.

George Tooker Night 1

New Words to an Ancient Rhythm

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,

Amen.

“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.

The Working Weak

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?


 

 

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".

This is the beginning of a new place…

… a new time, and a new opportunity…

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