I put paint over an old painting that I have never liked. I saw the gold showing up and I resisted. I don’t like it. I didn’t invite it. I didn’t plan it or approve it. I wanted this to be about horizons—trusty, grounding space of infinite colors and defining lines. I wanted this to be about resilience—the advent word of the day. Resilience was the assignment.
Get with the program. Tune into the same channel that everyone else hears. Don’t miss out. Don’t miss the miracle.
But, the art took ahold and kept insisting it be art’s way.
Move the brush here. Then here. Don’t think. Just move. Remember?
Art doesn’t lie.
It’s over. I step back. I see columns of soldiers standing guard. The strength that I initially denied shows up as endurance—powered by Love, it glistens.
This discovery journal invites prayer, meditation, journaling, and discovery of the twelve prayers for personal peace within the prayer we have come to cherish as the St. Francis Prayer. This meditation practice can be entered as part of a traditional liturgical season such as Advent or Lent, or over any period of days in personal or small group spiritual retreats.
This contemplative workbook offers gentle prompts and space for journaling as you explore new and possibly more personal perspectives of the St. Francis Prayer.
By the conclusion of the meditations, you will have personally encountered all twelve petitions for peace found in the prayer, and hopefully will have discovered a deeper and more loving experience of being in—or being—a channel of God’s peace.
A few gentle tools are showing up to help me get back to daily meditations. They feel like a fit to sit. One is low tech – words on paper from the ages; the other is a new APP.
From an older, treasured book I have rediscovered teachings from Richard J Foster in Celebration of Discipline; in particular his chapter The Discipline of Meditation. These two passages lift and encourage me to remember that I don’t have to do this alone or rely upon my own flimsy will-power. Continue reading Fit to Sit→