Saturday, August 8

praying with music

Hineni, Here Am I

body, dance, disability, disabled, Hebrew Scripture, meditation with music, Poetry, praying with music I couldn't find a song that really fit with this poem, but this was a unique presentation that stood out. The poem is mine, and not nearly as spiritual as I wish it were. But maybe the combination will inspire you today. I am here. Hineni. I am here Even though society does its best to erase me. I'm good for nothing, or so they say. I don't deserve a roof over my head. I don't deserve to be taken care of like a "real" person. Why do I make them so angry? Why do they blame me for being a victim of my body? If I disappeared tomorrow, how would it change their lives? It wouldn't. I'm not going anywhere. They can't erase me. They can't pretend I don't exist. Not anymore. I've found my voice I'm not afraid to use it. Hineni. I am ...

Making Music Touches Hearts

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NPR Music has chosen a winner for the Tiny Desk Contest. Her name is Gaelynn Lea, and she is from Duluth, MN. The haunting violin strains and melody of her song "Someday We'll Linger in the Sun" stood out as judges viewed the roughly 6,100 video submissions. Her arms and legs are bent and short, and she has brittle bone disease. She plays her violin like a cello, instead of on her shoulder. In the video, she wants her music to take the spotlight, not her disability. But she does want musicians with disabilities to know they can have a "full-fledged music career." I'm not much on inspiration porn, so you won't hear me call her inspiring for doing what she would be doing as part of life. I call her inspiring because she took her feelings and experiences and created a haunting, beau...

Audientes Divina, or Hearing God – Prayerful Tuesday

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Psalm 95:7 For he is our God, . . . O that today you would hearken to his voice! In the last couple of weeks as I have been recuperating from back surgery I have listened to a fair amount of music.  Music centers me and reduces the amount of pain I have which means I can take fewer pain meds and that means fewer side effects. As I was listening one day to Barbers “Adigio for Strings” I realized I was practicing a form of Lectio Divina, I hadn’t noticed doing that before and since then have purposely practiced what I call Audientes (that’s Latin for hearing) Divina.  I have discovered some interesting insights and, I must admit, a greater sense of being as I went deeper into the music, or rather the music went deeper into me. So I don’t know if anyone else has ever practiced this before, ...