At a recent clergy retreat, I took a walk after lunch. Naturally, we met at a religious retreat center which featured a labyrinth, chapel, and other areas for prayer and meditation.
This stone greets guests at the entrance to the labyrinth.
“Write your hurts in the sand – carve your blessings in stone.”
Here’s a verse from the prophet Isaiah with a similar idea:
Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old.I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Few things are more personal than religious or spiritual music. A song that doesn’t touch your heart may be incredibly dear to another worshiper, and vice versa.
I found that one of our young worshipers liked a certain hymn, but I don’t know which hymn it was! All I know is that in his or her Sunday activity folder (which I found lying around outside the sanctuary), one hymn was noted to have a groove.
Pray that I figure out which hymn it was!
Hymn activity sheet in a child’s worship bag