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Breathing in: I am...
Breathing out: ...a love song
This morning I am once again listening to Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. The last verse resonated with me as I work through these challenges this morning and I remembered this quote from Cohen:
"Hallelujah is a Hebrew word which means "Glory to the Lord." The song explains that many kinds of Hallelujahs do exist. I say : "All the perfect and broken Hallelujahs have an equal value ." It's, as I say, a desire to affirm my faith in life, not in some formal religious way but with enthusiasm, with emotion....It's a rather joyous song. I like very much the last verse. I remember singin' it to Bob Dylan after his last concert in Paris. The morning after, I was having coffee with him and we traded lyrics. Dylan especially liked this last verse, "And even though it all went wrong, I stand before the Lord of song with nothing on my lips but Hallelujah." ~ L.C. 1985Yesterday, during the Wednesday Lunch Bunch, I referred to Amy Grant's song Better than a Hallelujah. I shared that some found the lyrics difficult to accept, "'''We pour out our miseries, God just hears a melody, Better, the mess we are, the honest cry of breaking hearts, Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes..." As I continue to work through The Cup of Life, I am gaining a renewed appreciation for this song.
1. When have you felt like a broken cup?
|Life is a series of choosing which path...|
There have been so many times I have made choices that have not led toward wholeness, yet, I am a child of a God who offers second chances. Another fork appears and I can make a different choice.
When have I felt like a broken cup?
When I am living under the illusion of control. When I forget God did not send me here to save the world. When I don't listen to my body and I push it past its limits. When I compare myself to others.
|Becoming a master of The Excuse Game.|
I responded to that with my analogy of The Excuse Game a few days ago.
3. Describe a time when you were healed of an inner wound.
It was S-L-O-W and sometimes painful. There were times that the wound seemed to open up again and become reinfected. One of the Lunch Bunch Women pointed out yesterday, while studying her band-aid, that healing occurs and we can't always "see" the healing until....suddenly we realize the wound is not as painful. (This woman holds much more wisdom than she realizes.)
Happy is the man that finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed. Proverbs 3:13-184. Do you think there is such a thing as an "unmendable cup?"
We talked about this quite a bit yesterday and thoughts were divided. Maybe it is because I am an idealist, maybe it is because I am often naive, but, "No." I do not think there is such a thing as an unmendable cup. Yes, there might be pieces of the cup that are missing because there is no longer an opportunity to physically be present with... But, I believe there are ways to work around this and to lift up the woundedness...and become mended.
5. What form of prayer is most helpful for you when you are feeling wounded?
Joyce offers several verses from Psalms as a way to close Week IV. My prayer is that as I and others continue to reflect on these review questions and on these psalms...we continue to journey toward wholeness and hope.
Psalm 32:7 : You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.
|Sheltered under His wings...|
Psalm 59:9, 17 : O my strength, I will watch for you, O my strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.
Psalm 61:4 : Let me abide in your tent forever, find refuge under the shelter of your wings.
Psalm 70:5-6 : For you, O God, are my hope, my trust, O God, from my youth. Upon you I have leaned from my youth.
|God, my fortress, my high tower...|
Psalm 91:1-2 : You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to God: "My refuge, my fortress; my God in whom I trust."
Psalm 121:5, 8 : God is your keeper; God is your shade at your right hand. God will keep your going out and your coming in from this time and forevermore.
Psalm 125:2 : As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so God surrounds the people, from this time on and forevermore.
Psalm 147:3 : God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
If you would like a few more moments of worship. .Second Chapter of Acts - A Mighty Fortress is Our God.
Yes, I enjoy an eclectic selection of music
Many Blessings ~ Sandi