Going beyond words
Anthony de Mello suggests that in our quest for God. we think too much, reflect too much and even talk too much. So as we journey through Lent what other ways might we find to remember the holy in the midst of our routines and connect to the sacredness of life?
Here is one idea that you might try. I hope it is a helpful way of making space for the spirit to enter.
Some of us reflect and pray best when our hands our busy. Make today a great day to create something. Get back in the workshop and spend time cutting, sanding, and gluing. Sit at a piano and let the music flow. Take out the paints, glue, clay, and other supplies to create a work of art. Find that discarded knitting project and see where the rhythm of the needles takes you.
As you create, be mindful of our Creator who longs to be in relationship with you.
Lent is a period of 40 days [not including Sundays] which starts on Ash Wednesday and culminates just before Easter Sunday, on Holy Saturday. It is a time to find ways to remember the holy in the midst of our routines.
Here is one idea that you might use to help you connect to the sacredness of everyday life. Let me know if you found it helpful. Blessings, Karen
Pray your day
Rather than setting aside special time for prayer, pray your day.
Pray for the drivers of the vehicles or your fellow TTC passengers with whom you share your commute.
Pray as you pass the hospital, police station, and government offices.
Pray as you write a letter, email, or Facebook post to an old friend.
Offer sentence prayers throughout the day saying thank you to God.
Ayodeji Malcolm Guite is an English poet, singer-songwriter, Anglican priest, and academic. Guite was born on 12 November 1957 in Ibadan, Oyo State, in Nigeria. At birth, he was given the first name Ayodeji which is a Yoruba tribal name meaning “the second joy”. The name was suggested by the Yoruba nurse who attended to his mother through a difficult childbirth.
Below is an excerpt from a sonnet that Malcolm wrote, in response to the mysterious event which is named in the biblical story as the “Transfiguration of Jesus”. Is there a word or phrase that speaks to you? Spend a moment to reflect what this might mean in your life.
For that one moment, ‘in and out of time’,
On that one mountain where all moments meet,
The Love that dances at the heart of things
Shone out upon us from a human face
And to that light the light in us leaped up,
We felt it quicken somewhere deep within,
A sudden blaze of long-extinguished hope
Trembled and tingled through the tender skin.
Hidden in the shadows
Women are often hidden within the stories found in the books of the bible. They have to be coaxed to life through an imaginative reading between the lines. Women that have been lost in the mists of time need to be drawn forward, so that their beauty, courage and struggle might come into focus once again.
Kathy Coffey through her writing has done just that for the woman who is known only through her relationship to a man; Peter’s mother-in-law. The first thing Kathy does is to give her a name, Sara. So on Sunday you will meet Sara and perhaps we all might find a part of ourselves in her story.
As we look around our world there are still women hiding in the shadows; made invisible by inequity in the workplace, abuse at home, or imprisoned by poverty. We are called to look more closely at the society of which we are a part, as well as to delve more deeply into those well-kept secrets tucked between the words and pages of the gospels. Who knows what we might discover and how we might be changed.