1 Samuel 15:32-34; John 1:1-9; Psalm 23
A recent practice of mine has been to pray while doodling or coloring. Sometimes I pray about everyday things, other times I repeat a phrase or verse while I color. At a staff meeting a couple of years ago we spoke the phrase “Be still and know that I am God,” repeating it and then removing the last word each time: Be still and know that I am God Be still and know that I am Be still and know that I Be still and know that Be still and know Be still and Be still Be I found that to be extremely moving and comforting and I appreciate that each new sentence can stand on its own and bring a new and different meaning. I invite you to color this mandala as you repeat these words, or maybe while reciting Psalm 23 as that is part of the reading for today.
Lord we ask that even in our times of trial we are able to be still and present. May we remember that just as we pray for guidance and stillness as we color this image, creativity and beauty can come out of times we feel troubled or unsure. Amen.