Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Psalms as Prayers: How to Pray When you Can't Find Words Psalm 31

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Psalm 31 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

O LORD, I have come to you for protection;
don’t let me be disgraced.
Save me, for you do what is right.

Turn your ear to listen to me;
rescue me quickly.
Be my rock of protection,
a fortress where I will be safe.

You are my rock and my fortress.
For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger.

Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me,
for I find protection in you alone.

I entrust my spirit into your hand.
Rescue me, LORD, for you are a faithful God.

I hate those who worship worthless idols.
I trust in the LORD.

I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,
for you have seen my troubles,
and you care about the anguish of my soul.

You have not handed me over to my enemies
but have set me in a safe place.

Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am in distress.
Tears blur my eyes.
My body and soul are withering away.

I am dying from grief;
my years are shortened by sadness.
Sin has drained my strength;
I am wasting away from within.

I am scorned by all my enemies
and despised by my neighbors—
even my friends are afraid to come near me.
When they see me on the street,
they run the other way.

I am ignored as if I were dead,
as if I were a broken pot.

I have heard the many rumors about me,
and I am surrounded by terror.
My enemies conspire against me,
plotting to take my life.

But I am trusting you, O LORD,
saying, “You are my God!”

My future is in your hands.
Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.

Let your favor shine on your servant.
In your unfailing love, rescue me.

Don’t let me be disgraced, O LORD,
for I call out to you for help.
Let the wicked be disgraced;
let them lie silent in the grave.

Silence their lying lips—
those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.

How great is the goodness
you have stored up for those who fear you.
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,
blessing them before the watching world.

You hide them in the shelter of your presence,
safe from those who conspire against them.
You shelter them in your presence,
far from accusing tongues.

Praise the LORD,
for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love.
God you keep me safe when my city was under attack.

In panic I cried out,
“I am cut off from the LORD!”
But you God heard my cry for mercy
and answered my call for help.

Love the LORD, all you godly ones!
For the LORD protects those who are loyal to him,
but he harshly punishes the arrogant.

So be strong and courageous,
all you who put your hope in the LORD!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Healing Art Lesson #12: Henri Matisse

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Welcome to my series: Healing Arts

My desire is to give you the opportunity to experience what it is I mean when I call my work "healing art chaplaincy"

Welcome to Lesson 12

Find a quiet place and gather a journal or paper and pencils/pens/colored pencils/markers/crayons

Take a few moments to take some deep breaths and center yourself.

 Click here to find some of the psalms as prayers I have added to the blog and read one quietly to yourself or out loud to aid in your centering process.

Now let's begin
View and Reflect:
 What’s going on in this artwork?
 What is boring about this artwork?
 Who do you think was this artwork created for? Why do you say that?
What wisdom are you experiencing TODAY through this piece of art?

We move more deeply into the Creativity practice using one of the following options:
Write about a time when you felt similar emotions
Create a drawing based on your writing
Recreate Matisse's painting while experiencing the feelings of this piece. 

 Feel free to leave any thoughts in the comments below.