Scripture: “You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16: 11 (NRSV)
My family loves animals. When I was a child, we had many pets including lizards, turtles, fish, snakes, hamsters, dogs, cats, and birds, including a Half Moon Conure named Pete. Our bonds with some of the animals were stronger than others. Pete imitated a number of noises including crying babies, machines, and sirens, but Pete did not talk. The general consensus was that Pete lacked the intelligence to speak. I was not convinced. As a young child with little else to do, I began to spend many hours each day coaching Pete. One day he responded with a gravelly, but distinct “hello.” Pete and I went on to develop a special relationship that brought me much joy.
So often in our faith lives we forget that developing a deep relationship with God requires time and effort. Learning to hear God’s voice requires daily prayer. The rewards of such a life are peace and joy.
Prayer: We long to hear from you, O Lord. Grant us patience and persistence as we seek your guidance. Amen
Prayer focus: those who yearn for God’s guidance
Scripture: Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.”
Genesis 1:6 (NLT)
I have discovered that making brick size mosaic stepping stones is not only relaxing, but therapeutic. I usually begin with several squares of opaque glass in colors that suit my mood. Using a tile cutter, I score the glass into small sections. I understand that most people use tools to break the glass into chunks, but I do not because I enjoy the sensation of snapping the glass apart with my bare hands. These irregular pieces are then strung out on a table in no particular order, waiting to see what they will become. Most often, I begin the construction process with no particular design in mind, only a mood and a color scheme. Certain pieces seem to choose their place as a pattern or picture emerges. The grout background solidifies the creation. As I gaze upon the finished brick, I wonder how God felt in separating the waters from the sky and then separating the waters on earth to reveal dry ground. As those who were created in God’s image, we find healing anytime we channel our imagination into creating crafts and projects. The mosaic reminds me that when we feel broken, God is using the brokenness to reveal a new, glorious reality.
Prayer focus: those who create arts and crafts
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of imagination. May our projects remind us that when we feel broken, You are about to reveal a new and glorious aspect of our lives. Amen.