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An artistic response to the Lent season. Most inspiration will be following Richard Rohr's book "Wonderous Encounters: Scripture For Lent". Enjoy.
LNT02 - MAR 2ND
Prayer: ““Lord, show me how to make good decisions and then be willing to learn what they really ask of me.””
Let me be not afraid to make a decision, and accept the complexities and 'not realizing it was this/or could be this way' and just accept Jesus's way. Rohr talks about dualistic thinking and non-dualistic thinking. That really struck me.
Rohr talks about dualistic thinking and non-dualistic thinking. That really struck me. It empowered me as well. Make the decision, with hopeful discernment, then accept the complexity of that path, embrace the both-and's, and fight to be guided by Jesus.
LNT03 - MAR. 3RD
What Can I Let Go?
Prayer: “God, what is it that you want me to let go of this Lent? Is it other than what I think?”
Let me not act and fast for my notice, but to do it for actual good, and for nothing else.
Rohr talks about how Isaiah brought up in his writings that people were essentially using fasting to point towards them while neglecting social justice. God wants us to fast ourselves and pour out love, social justice and true devotion.
'Isaiah says explicitly that God prefers another kind of fasting which changes our actual lifestyle and not just punishes our body. (The poor body is always the available scapegoat to avoid touching our purse, our calendar, or our prejudices.) Isaiah makes a very upfront demand for social justice, non-aggression, taking our feet off the necks of the oppressed, sharing our bread with the hungry, clothing the naked, letting go of our sense of entitlement, malicious speech, and sheltering the homeless. He says very clearly this is the real fast God wants!' Rohr breaking it down.
LNT04 - Mar. 4th 2017
Where Am I Trapped?
Prayer: “God, where am I trapped and unable to see it?”
Let me finally see and be aware of where I am trapped. What and where am I serving not you and let me break free of those shackles.
Rohr says: 'The same refrain from yesterday also continues in Jesus. He is again accused of eating with the wrong people at the house of another wrong person, Levi the tax collector. Anybody who cooperated with the Roman oppressors was by definition and social position a “sinner.” Jesus is “cooperating with evil” and “complicit” in their sin, a good patriot or churchgoer would say both then and now. Yet Jesus reminds them that their definition of “holiness as separation from” is entirely wrong (see Leviticus 11: 24). Jesus has a different agenda and strategy, even though this wrong “law of holiness” continues in all immature religion to this day. Jesus has come to transform people, not to exclude them. He has come for the seeming losers, and not to create a country club for the supposed winners.'
Jesus again, showing how it is done.
LNT05 - Mar. 5th 2017
Prayer: “God, help me to distinguish my wild beasts from my angels. Help me to see how I often confuse one with the other.”
Let me not give into temptation, and instead drive my understanding and decision by the mind of Christ.
Rohr is talking about Jesus in the wilderness, and this really stuck out to me:
'But let me point out something we almost always fail to notice. We can only be tempted to something that is good on some level, partially good, or good for some, or just good for us and not for others.'
Mind blowing that there is good in temptation because temptation to me has a stigma of being bad.
LNT06 - Mar. 6th 2017
Prayer: “Loving God, allow me to be a sheep at least once in a while, and never let me forget that most of my life I have been a goat.”
A tough pill to swallow, but if I am honest, I am a goat most of the time. The sheep in me is rare, but glorious when he gracefully takes over.
LNT08 - Mar. 8th 2017
Prayer: “God of surprising journeys, help me to live my life forward, trusting that you are steering the ship. Help me to understand my life backward by seeing and forgiving the many ‘signs of Jonah.’”
Let me cease to be wicked in my continual testing mentality. Let my heart observe you and believe.
LNT09 - Mar. 9th 2017
As You Would Want Done Unto You
Prayer: “God, if you ask us to treat others as we would have them treat ourselves, then help me to believe that you operate in just the same way. You must treat me exactly as I would want to be treated—at my truest and best level.”
Oh man, the amount of trust involved here is the whole ballgame. If I believe I am worth it to the Lord, then that means everyone else is as well. That means my perpetration on others is indeed against God, for I trample on his beloved.
LNT12 - Mar. 12th 2017
Prayer: “Jesus, are such experiences just about you or are they also about us? Do you want us to think higher of you, or higher of ourselves because of you? Why do you take us along on such journeys at all?"
Let me understand your purpose, no matter what the outcome. Let my small mind be expanded for your purpose.
LNT13 - Mar. 13th 2017
Prayer: “Mirror me like a magnet, good God. Don’t let me be drawn into false, unhappy, or accusing faces. You are always and forever the Good Parent, and I long to see your face”
“Full measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be poured into your lap, because the measure you measure out with will be measured back to you.”
Luke 6: 38
LNT15 - Mar. 15th 2017
Prayer: “Well, God, I sure do not like to hear this, but show me how it might be true in my life. Do I also ‘kill’ others as a substitute for those necessary deaths to myself?”
“From the cup I drink of, you shall indeed also drink.... Among the Gentiles, those who have authority lord it over others and make their importance felt. It must not be like that with you! Anyone who aspires to greatness among you must serve the rest, and anyone who wants to rank first among you, must serve the needs of all.”
Matthew 20: 23, 25–27
LNT16 - Mar. 16th 2017
Prayer: “God of life and death, help me to choose life now, help me to recognize love now, help me to see the poor in our world who long to eat the scraps that fall from our tables.”
Lord, help me cross the chasm, the abyss of my heart and onto the side of life. Bring me to the other side.
LNT18 - Mar. 18th 2017
Prayer: “Well, good God, if this is true, I have had it all wrong up to now! Who are you? And who am I?”
“While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him....‘ Quick, bring out the finest robe and put it on him, put a ring on his finger and shoes on this feet. Take the fatted calf and kill it. Let us eat and celebrate because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life. He was lost and is found.’ And the celebration began!”
LNT19 - Mar. 19th 2017
Prayer: “God of Spirit and Truth, expand my mind, but even more my heart to receive your great and universal good news. I know that no change of heart happens without a change of mind, and no change of mind happens without a change of heart. Get me started in one place or the other!”
Read the entire story of the Samaritan woman (John 4: 1–42) in your preferred Bible.
LNT22 - Mar. 22nd 2017
Prayer: “God of Law and God of Love, get me started, hold on fast to me, but also keep me going in the right direction, which is always toward you.”
Rohr talks about how the Law is a starting point to head us down the right path, but it is not the end all, be all. A small container. Hmm, interesting.
LNT23 - Mar. 23rd 2017
I Am Evil Because I Fight It?
Prayer: “Warrior God, Crucified Christ, teach me how evil is really overcome. Do not let me be part of the problem, but the beginning myself of the answer.”
Rohr talks about how it is strange that people throughout history who have fought evil have usually been branded evil. Rohr brings the verse of where Jesus is accused of being the 'Prince of Devils' because he casts out devils. Strange indeed.
LNT25 - Mar. 25th 2017
Prayer: “Merciful God, all I can give you, and all you ever want, is who I really am. This little woman or little man that I am now gives you back my only and true self."
May I please not sacrifice for me, but for you. May I finally desire and know you, and my sacrifice be for your kingdoms benefit.
Hanging out on Luke 18:9-10 on this one.
LNT31 - Mar. 31st 2017
Prayer: “God of loving truth, keep me from the world of gossip and accusation. Do not let me ‘kill’ others, even in my mind or heart.”
Please Lord, if there is anything you outright do for me, please.... don't let me identify people until I know them through your eyes.
LNT32 - Apr. 1st 2017
Prayer: “God of All Authority, I place my trust in you, which is often to feel alone and without reassurance on this earth.”
“You do not see any of the Sanhedrin believing in him, do you? Or the Pharisees? Only this lot that knows nothing about the law—and they are lost anyway!... And each went off to his own house.” John 7: 48, 52
LNT33 - Apr. 2nd 2017
Prayer:“Good God, the creator of light and darkness, You who move the sun and the stars, move us into the place of light, a light so large that it will absorb all the darkness.”
Rohr talks about how Jesus in John 11 is saying we can be free from Death; As he raises Lazarus. But, also that death is something that will happen, but shall pass. Like the day and the night. What a thing to ponder.
LNT34 - Apr. 3rd 2017
Master Of Love
Prayer: “God of love, you made love so important for our salvation, that you took the risk of us doing it poorly, as we all do. Keep us free from throwing stones at others, so we can see our own clumsy attempts at divine love.”
To me, Jesus in this act shows his true super hero-ness(besides the cross). Way greater than anything Iron Man could do or accomplish. Jesus, lifting one finger, and waiting patiently - disarms and transforms. No violence occurred, no harsh words were said. In fact, more lives than whom Jesus defended were most likely changed. Are you kidding me, and all done in a non iron suit. Just saying. Lord, maybe one day I can be an agent of your kingdom in a relatively close manner to what Jesus did. Is it even possible?
LNT40 - Apr. 9th 2017
Prayer: “Lord Jesus, if you are indeed the Lord of History, then you are showing us the plan, direction, and meaning of the human journey. I want to speak like never before that ‘Jesus Christ is Lord.’ Now it is not an assertion of dominance or rightness over anybody else, but only a willingness to trust and follow your humble path.”