Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday mixtape: becoming prayer

A while back I mentioned I plan to work through Richard Foster's A Year With God.  One of the perks in this devotional is that the readings for each day are only numbered sequentially not by the calendar.  This way, if you miss a few days you don't need to read two weeks worth of dates to catch up.  You simply go to the next page and keep working through the particular discipline you're meditating.

This is a very good thing because I am sloooowww.

I'm only to the second discipline, Prayer.  And it is a good practice to meditate, indeed.  There's nothing like being on the brink of unemployment, then finding a job opportunity across the country, then putting your house on the market, saying goodbye to everyone you know and moving your four teenagers and your fearful self across the country to nurture a healthy prayer life!  

Still, I'm forgetful, fearful, ignorant and, sometimes, just lazy.  This week I'd like to share a few of my learnings here in this blog space.

track 1: visual art
Untitled (prayer list)
Guy Chase

At the Wailing Wall

track 2:  music

Derek Webb, Feedback

track 3: poem

The stripling posturing
before the hero;
the mature man
posturing before

God. Circularity
is endless, yet
one prayer, slipping
the reason, speeds out

into the cornerless
universe so close to God
as to open a crater
in his composure.
R.S. Thomas, Residues (Tarset, Northumberland: Bloodaxe Books, 2002), p. 61.

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