All around us,
we are bombarded by worldly definitions
As we sing along
with the lullabies
and the lamentations,
our own hearts soar
reflecting upon our personal experience.
Hear the lovers rejoice, Lord,
in the springtime rhapsody,
and bless their joyful hearts
and with laughter.
Hear the spurned lament, Lord,
in the gut-wrenching blues,
and bless their broken spirits
and with peace.
Hear the ballad of the long-committed, Lord,
as they sing the wonders
and the woes of love
with all its peaks and valleys,
and bless their attempts to be faithful
in a world where commitment is loosely defined.
Hear the painful expression of the betrayed, Lord,
as they rant
and rail against love
and against you
and against the world
in search of answers to questions
they can't begin to articulate.
Hear the long, slow wail of the grieving, Lord,
who have loved deeply
and bless their brokenness
and with hope.
Hear the mournful cry of the lonely, Lord,
who long to love
and to be loved,
and bless the emptiness within them
and with strength.
Speak to your beloved, Lord,
and call us away
to pastures of plenty
where our hearts can be nourished
in the love
that is the source of all love,
reconciling us to one another
and to you.
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Julie participated in the 25th Seminar for Certified Zentangle(R) Teacher Training in June, 2019, trained by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. In addition to creating art as a personal spiritual practice, Julie also incorporates the Zentangle(R) method in Prayer Art Retreats in a variety of contexts, including church groups, friend gatherings, and at a local art gallery. Check out the Upcoming Events page for a calendar of events, or use the Contact Us page to inquire about scheduling an event with your group!
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