Pope Francis is asking for worldwide prayers for artists this month! “The arts and nature express the beauty of creation and bring joy to the soul. Let us join the Pope in praying for artists, so that with their creativity, they continue showing us the greatness of God.” August 2017.
via The Pope Video – August 2017 – For Artists – YouTube
“The Pope Video is a global initiative developed by the Pope World Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) to assist in the dissemination of monthly intentions of the Holy Father related to the challenges facing humanity.”
When I was a girl, sometimes I could chose for myself what to dream about each night. I’d imagine a TV set (they way they were back then–beige, boxy and awkward with big dials and a flailing antenna). I would turn the channel chooser dial in my mind, tuning it at will to the “show” I wanted to watch. Yeah, sure. Easy.
I think art and prayer are somehow like this. But not necessarily easy, and not channeled by TV either! There is an aspect of setting one’s mind and attention, listening and watching. I believe beautiful prayers, and beautiful art, are gifts from God.
Not only the prayers, but prayer itself is a gift from God, who invites us to come to Him, speak with Him, ask Him, share with Him from our hearts. Whether a prayer be one memorized, one repeated with others, one without out words but full of feeling, one of imagery or sound–prayers arise from our hearts and the Holy Spirit within us. We are invited to communicate with the LORD God! And the LORD speaks to us in prayer, and in the scriptures, and through the church.
In one sense, prayer is fascinating, unfathomable, mysterious. And yet, in another sense, prayer is as familiar as daily conversation. But it is always a gift. Thank you God, for giving us prayer.
May I walk this day
in the realm of grace,
walking with You
my feet firmly on your earth-path,
my heart loving all as kindred,
my words and deeds alive with justice.
May I walk as blessing,
meeting blessing at every turn
in every challenge, blessing,
in all opposition, blessing,
in harm’s way, blessing.
May I walk each step in this moment of grace,
alert to hear You
and awake enough to say
a simple Yes.
– by Robert Corin Morris, Wrestling with Grace
From page 213 of Wrestling with Grace: A Spirituality for the Rough Edges of Daily Life by Robert Corin Morris. Copyright © 2003 by Robert Corin Morris. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Jesus, it is in my hour of need that I see Your powerful provision in my life. When I am in need of comfort, You are my Comforter. When I am in need of courage You go before me. When I am in need of friendship You are my friend that sticks closer than a brother. When I am in need of stability You are the Anchor for my soul. When I am in need of finances You own the cattle on a thousand hills. When I am in need of peace You are the peacemaker. When I am in need of food You are the Bread of Life. When I am thirsty You are the living water that leads to eternal life. You are my Shepherd and I shall never be in want of anything. Thank You for meeting every need I have. Amen.
From “Daily Prayer to Jesus” on the former website, Crossings: Power of Simple Prayer