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Lenten Journaling in Community- #1

Lenten Journaling in Community- #1

I have debated whether  to share the journey of Lent 2020. Seems like so much has been  shifted in our world right now. But, I am learning that in these very fragile days,  it is precisely what these practices  have offered in community-  that have become reassurance and "saving grace." So I will go ahead and share the Visual Journey  of processing with the book-When From Death I'm Free. This was the joint effort of author Justin Rossow  and Visual Faith Coach Valerie Matyas. She rounded up talented artists  to add to the visual resources
 that tie together hymn studies  of both traditional hymns  and contemporary hymns by Kip Fox.
The book incorporates Visual Faith prayer practices
 that we have developed 
and teach in our learning communities. It is a 12 week study and I will share the journey  in the order that we are doing them in community,  using the order of the pages in the book.

#1 What Wondrous Love is This Introduction and Permission page Time with the Words of the Hymn Mixed media res…

COVID 19 Prayers

It is certainly settling in these days- long term and wide-sweeping. We are beginning to understand that  the future is not ever going to be quite the same. We don't know exactly what that means just yet- perhaps we are afraid to picture that now. In all of this I have faltered in how to respond, set my days, and bring encourage to my family and friends. When it sorts out at the end of the day-  there is one thing I know. Under stress-  people resort to what they know best. And it is stressful days right now-  and the only thing that makes sense to me-  is the tried and true. My "go-to" rises to the top  and as I reflect and look back  at that last few days, I see a pattern. The patter is prayer. Day out and week in-  that is just what makes sense to me. The above prayer page is one  that my friend Pat Maier  created for Visual Faith Ministry. It is where I am sitting  and writing and noting  and resting in these days.  I share it with you right here: covid-19-prayer-sheet-by-pat-maier Print and shar…

Worship into the Week- Living Water

Worship into the Week- John 4: 1-26 Living Water

Jesus stops by Jacob's well in Sychar in Samaria.
A number of things get shifted culturally in this story.
Jesus talks to a woman.
Jesus talks to a woman in a rather private conversation.
Jesus treats this woman with the same regard
 he would one of the women 
who followed him and his ministry.
Jesus is all about turning protocol upside down.

We hear a bit more of her story 
and Jesus unveils a new direction for her life.
Things are changing in priority for her,
as truth is set before her as Living Water.
Then, she goes back home and tells-
EVERYBODY.
The people convince Jesus
 to stay with them for 2 days-
in SAMARIA.
Many believed as the result of her story sharing.
She was the light that brought the LIGHT to many.

Oh, that the Lord would find us 
sharing the Good News to those around us,
especially in these days of disquiet and unknown.
In you, O Lord, we place our trust,
and rest in your great love for us. Amen
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When you don't see the road ahead...

I have shared this prayer a number of times  over the years and yet somehow - today.... it is so relevant. I taped a paper copy to an inside cupboard  in the kitchen perhaps 20 years ago.
I have read it a 1000 times.
Now this lovely version  from my friend, Diane, rests on a window sill  in the kitchen by the table  where I spend a lot of time. Gazing into the back yard watching Spring explode, time in prayer,  and doing stuff on my computer. Today as my eye settled on here once again-  I breathed this prayer- read every line. Then shut my eyes and rested. "I will not fear,  for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me  to face my perils alone." Amen.

St Patrick's Day and Covid 19

St. Patrick's Day has somehow been overshadowed  in all realms of the world today by Covid-19. Somehow rivers dyed green and Guinness festivities have melted  into the backstory of the day.  We are centered on schools closed,  rising death tolls, and the calamity of a rocky economy. Western Christianity often addresses the zones  of human concern in three levels. The bottom level deals with factors  in life that our senses can apprehend. Here we follow recipes, prepare our taxes,  mow the lawn, and a 1000 other things. The top level deals with the ultimate issues  in life that are beyond what our senses can perceive. That might include our origins, purpose and destiny. What melts into the middle level  are the questions of uncertainty of the near future, the crisis of present life, and the unknown of the past. We live with known things  but much of life is "unpredictable." So, here we find ourselves today  dealing with life in the middle level  and all of the unknown.  Yet, as Christians, we hav…

Worship into the Week- Everlasting

Worship into the Week-- John 3: 16-21 For God so Loved the World
Jesus is very specific: the Light has come into the world, and the people loved the darkness  rather than the light- "because their works were evil." "But whoever does what is true  come to the light so that it may be  clearly seen that his works  have been carried out in God."
God has a design of LOVE for the world- it is Jesus- the light bringer. The reward is everlasting life  for those who walk in the light.
Supplies: Visual Church Year Printable
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Isaiah is TWO

Mr. Isaiah is Two. He had fun figuring out the gift opening thing.  He got a bit distracted with a toy- here and there. There was a big brother helper  when needed. Fun party decorations. Mom made yummy cupcakes  and pizza for all. Looks like those cupcakes were pretty good. Fun to rewatch the video of singing  the Happy Birthday song. We love you Mr. Isaiah- your fun smile and happy heart. May the Lord bless your new year!

Lenten Journaling

Hanging out with 4 colored pencils  and this devotional book for Lent. Eyes on Jesus by Lisa M. Clark  and published by Concordia Publishing House. Lots of words to link thoughts together like-   "look, see watch, reveal. seen, and sight. Time to watch and pay attention. What does the Lord want me  to be aware of this season? What do I overlook and rush over  in the usual part of my life? Will be fun to see the "story" of the journey  at the end of Holy Week. This process works with any readings you are using.
Just jot down one word or phrase a day. Here is the link to download this calendar:
seasonal/lenten-path-by-kim-gilman-2020 There are more choices in  Visual Faith Resources/Seasonal at  visual faith min.org.
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Sedona Love

This is really the true colors of Sedona, Arizona.   The brilliant blue plays up  the red-orange rock formations.

The artsy town sits in the middle of the vortex of New-Age spirituality.   Sedona is also the home of the visitor favorite-  Chapel of the Cross.
The piercing eyes of Jesus  seem to follow you wherever you sit.
 This church is on the  National Register of Historic Places.
The Chapel was inspired 
and commissioned by a local rancher 
and sculptor- Marguerite Brunswig Staude.
She was inspired in 1932 by the 
Empire State Building to build such a church. 
An early attemptt to build one in Budapest 
with Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright 
was abandoned with the outbreak of World War II. 
That brought her back to her native region.
Richard Hein was the project architect 
and the design was by August Strotz.
The Chapel is built on Coconin National Forest land.
The chapel was built in 18 months
 at a cost of $300,000 and completed in 1956.
 The church is maintained by the Roman Catholic diocese.
Wik…

Worship into the Week- Temptation

Worship into the Week- Matthew 4:1-11 The Temptation of Jesus
I always find this story rather amazing  in that the setting and timing  is arranged by the Holy Spirit. "Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit  into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." God the Father had a plan  for this challenge for His son. A show down between Jesus and the devil. Satan tempts Jesus to turn stones  into bread to satisfy his hunger.  Jesus recites Deuteronomy 8:3. "Man shall not live by bread alone,  but by every word that  comes for the mouth of God." The devil takes him to Jerusalem to the pinnacle  of the the temple and snidely urges Jesus to throw  himself down- the angels would protect him. And he recites Scripture to Jesus-Psalm 91:11-12. Jesus replies-  that the Lord is not to be tested- Deut. 6:16. Satan tries again-  taking Jesus to a very high mountain.  He offers Jesus all the kingdoms  of the world and their glory. IF--Jesus will worship him. Jesus sends him packing- "Be gone! Satan." …

Scripture Doodles- February

Scripture Doodles- February 2020 The words, phrases and linking  of devotional thoughts. One month at a time- the story of reading my  Portals of Prayer devotions. A day changes everything- Leap Year and the gift of a day... Thankful for the story of  simple words in simple squares.
Portals of Prayer written this month by Rev. Christopher Amen  of Arlington, Wisconsin.

Worship into the Week- Return

Worship into the Week- Return An Ash Wednesday Reading Joel 2:12-14 Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust God's gracious and merciful  slowness about me and my stubborn heart. How slow to anger He is and merciful. He is abounding in steadfast love.
Rend my heart that I may return to you, Lord. May I offer my whole heart to you in my return. In my imperfect state,  you do not cast me aside, but welcome me back, again and again. What great kindness is there  in your patient way with me. I give thanks. Amen.
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