Waves over me #BibleJournaling

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With the recent rains and cooler temperatures it feels like summer is over. But what a summer it’s been! In our little corner of earth it’s been unusually hot and dry with hundreds of wildfires burning in the hinterland of the province. Thousands have had to leave their fire-endangered homes to take refuge in temporary shelters till the threat passed.

In other places hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes have been the threats—threats that are ongoing for some.

Psalm 42 seems like an appropriate expression for so many people:

“My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
‘Where is your God?’” – Psalm 42:3.

and

“Deep calls unto deep at the noise of your waterfalls
All your waves and billows have gone over me” – Psalm 42:7.

Rebekah R. Jones tackled this psalm in her Original Bible Art Journal Challenge series, Week 20 blog post and video. Her interpretation was a double-page spread of stylized waves, rendered in brilliant Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens. So pretty!

I decided to go realistic instead and, using pencil and pencil crayon, journaled a wave with a person standing just below it, about to be swamped by its breaking force. I’m sure that’s how many people have felt as they’ve faced this summer’s natural (and other) disasters.

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Bible Art Journal entry for Psalm 42:7,8  (V. Nesdoly)

But God is still in the house, despite what it looks or feels like. With the Sons of Korah we can say:

“The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And in the night, His song shall be with me—
A prayer to the God of my life” – Psalm 42:8.

 

(Note the sun rays peeking out behind the cloud and spray.)

May your “prayers to the God of my life” lead to “songs in the night,” whatever life is throwing at you.

April prompt: water

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The Woman at the Well by Carl Heinrich Bloch

The Woman at the Well by Carl Heinrich Bloch

Our writing prompt this month is WATER.

April, on the Canadian prairies where I grew up, was a month of water. The precipitation that came down as snow all winter gradually melted in the warm sun of April’s  lengthening days and filled the days with spring’s background music of drip, trickle, and croaking frogs. Judging from all the snow I’ve seen in photos of Saskatchewan recently, this year those songs will have many stanzas.

Water is a main feature in the Bible too.

  • One of the first stories in Genesis is a story of water (Genesis 7).
  •  Jesus had a lot to do with water. He was baptized in water and His first miracle was turning water into wine, He helped His disciples fish, calmed a storm on the Sea of Galilee, and near the end of His life washed His disciples’ feet. In His teaching He used water as a metaphor for spiritual satisfaction when He talked to the woman at the Samaritan well (John 4:1-26), and invited all the thirsty to come to Him for living water (John 7:37-39).
  • Water is also a prominent feature in dreams (e.g. Joseph and Pharaoh’s dream – Exodus 41) visions (Ezekiel’s vision of the river in the temple – Ezekiel 47:1-12 ) and prophecies (the crystal river in the New Jerusalem – Revelation 22:1-2).

Here is your water writing challenge for April:

For fiction writers:

Write a story where water is an important part of the setting.

For non-fiction writers:

Work one of your memories or a characteristic of water into a devotional.
or
Write a how-to piece that involves water.

For poets:

Write about any aspect of water and layer into your poem the metaphorical or spiritual meaning of water suggested by your subject.

An opportunity to submit your poem:

The poetry journal Time of Singing is running a spring contest on the theme of “Wind and Water.” You might want to submit your March poem on wind, or your April poem on water. Contest entries must be postmarked May 15, 2013. Details of how to enter HERE.