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Are You A Creative Person ?

If you saw my previous post – a photo of a padlock on a rotting wooden door … I wonder what it made you think of ?

On Thursday last week, I started on a four week exploration of creativity with Jonny Baker. It’s just an hour a week on Zoom to help get the creative brain working.

The first thing we were asked was – “Do you think of yourself as creative ?”
Then he asked – “Do you think that everyone is creative ?”

I wonder how you would answer ?

We then spent some time listening to three people, telling us a bit about their creative endeavours.

We were then asked to come up with some ideas about how to combat loneliness in our neighbourhood whilst this lockdown is going on. Within a minute the chat in Zoom was full of ideas.

I’m guessing that most of the 270 participants were churning out ideas … but how good to have other people thinking about it with you. We were encouraged to have a conversation with someone in the week – either carrying on the ideas about cobatting loneliness … or whatever …

On a similar track, together with a few friends, we’re sharing some ideas about psalm writing. The psalms is a book of prayers in the Bible, and one of our friends suggested we worked on writing some of our own. The psalms usually come out of some intense experience of life … I’m working on that today in preparation for the chat with our friends tomorrow when we share our thoughts.

Grace and peace.

By the way – Tomorrow I’ll post my morning prayer for Monday, and then post each day through this week.

Bible · faith · Following Jesus · God

This Is What I Noticed

I was reading a few verses from one of the psalms this morning. (Psalm 119)

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
    By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
    do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord;
    teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I tell
    all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
    as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
    and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
    I will not neglect your word.

This is what I noticed. The importance of …

Staying on the path
Living according to God’s word.
Seeking God with all my heart;
Hiding God’s word in my heart
Praising God
Telling …
Rejoicing …
Meditating ,,,
Considering …
Delighting …

Then I read a few verses from John’s Gospel chapter 10, where Jesus talks about himself as ‘The Good Shepherd,’ and noticed the importance of

Hearing the voice of Jesus
Recognising the voice of Jesus
Following Jesus

These are things that anyone can do. You don’t have to be a religion expert to hear the voice of God. Just a willingness to be open.

As I do the normal day to day things, I’m just asking where God is at work in the world around me and the people I meet.

Bible · Political

The Blessings Of The Righteous or … Is This How It Is ?

Psalm 112

1 Praise the Lord!
Happy are those who fear the Lord,
who greatly delight in his commandments.
2 Their descendants will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in their houses,
and their righteousness endures for ever.
4 They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright;
they are gracious, merciful, and righteous.
5 It is well with those who deal generously and lend,
who conduct their affairs with justice.
6 For the righteous will never be moved;
they will be remembered for ever.
7 They are not afraid of evil tidings;
their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord.
8 Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid;
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
9 They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor;
their righteousness endures for ever;
their horn is exalted in honour.
10 The wicked see it and are angry;
they gnash their teeth and melt away;
the desire of the wicked comes to nothing.

I nearly always get something new out of a reading from holy scripture. It’s not always what I expect.

There are three kinds of people in this psalm – The Righteous, The Wicked and The Poor.

Think about the people labelled ‘the righteous.’ It seems like they are OK and they have enough to live and enough to give. They are‘ good people.’ They are generous towards the poor, and there’s nothing wrong in that.

Then there are the wicked and the poor. I wonder, does this system ever change. Is there the potential for transforming the status quo, or not ?

It almost seems like everyone is in their allotted stations in life, and the role of the righteous is simply to be generous.

Added to this is the grammatical structure of the psalm. The righteous and the wicked are both subjects in the sentences, whilst the poor are objects.

The righteous are gracious ….. they are active in the way they live

The wicked are angry … also active in the way they live

But where the poor are concerned, they are passive. The righteous have given to the poor. The poor are on the receiving end of charity.

I know there are many passages that speak of righting injustice, but this appears to accept the ways things are.