Week 2 - Interruptions

Week 2 - Interruptions

 

 

INTERRUPTIONS in the COVID PANDEMIC Session 2 : PSALM 104:

1. Read psalm 104 :

here are just a few verses ..or watch this clip; starts in silence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=

How many are your works, Lord!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.

There is the sea, vast and spacious,
teeming with creatures beyond number—
living things both large and small.

All creatures look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.

May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the Lord.

2. IMAGES AND WORDS :

What images of creation excites you from this psalm ? What images might you put in your journal or note book to accompany this psalm. What phrase stands out for you ? Perhaps write this in your journal. Spend some time reflecting on this phrase and images.

3. REFLECTION ON NATURE DURING THE PANDEMIC :

During this pandemic many people were much more aware of the natural world around them. What did you notice?

What kept you going? You may want to talk about this in your group or talk to God about it? You may want to jot your thoughts down.

Once you have reflected on how the natural world has sustained you throughout this Covid period you may wish to write your own psalm of gratitude . Some psalms have a repeated phrase or chorus : you may wish to use this one .

I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”

4. REFLECTIVE THANKFUL WALKING :

Through this psalm we are reminded of the majesty of creation : its intricacy and vastness and we acknowledge our unique place

within created order. Everything we have comes from God even our very breath.

You may wish to go on a purposeful reflective walk this week capturing in your minds-eye images of the natural world that you notice. You could use this phrase each time you stop and notice: “Praise the Lord, all the earth.”

I wonder, do you get a sense that “With all of creation we sing, “Praise the Lord, all the earth.”. You might recapture your walk in your journal. Colours, sights, sounds...

Alternatively, you may wish to watch a clip of a nurture programme and give thanks for all that you have seen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWor0GVD59c

5. ACTION AND RESPONSE :

Having our lives interrupted during this pandemic has given us more time to be more aware of the natural world. What insights, responses or actions has this lead to in our lives?

Thoughts about this psalm

This psalm is known as one of the creation stories within scripture. It tells of God creating the foundations of the world, the elements of nature, and the creatures that dwell on the earth. In this psalm, the whole earth seems to be singing its praise to the Creator God. God creates this beautiful world that we can enjoy. God also provides for all living creatures :springs for the animals to drink from, grass for the cattle to eat, trees in which the birds can build their nests. God provides for humans : food from the soil, fruit from the vine “to gladden the human heart”, bread to strengthen us, the sun and moon to mark the passage of days and seasons, and even the spirit of life within us.

ABOUT Keeping a JOURNAL

It is here as you journal that God wants to surprise you with the beauty of your own life, growing and alive, filled with movement, light and shadow. It is here that God wants to meet your own longing for a deeper life with the Spirit’s even greater longing to be with you, in all of who you were and are and will be.

Writing in your note book or journal

Some people find it harder than others to write or record their thoughts on paper. Do remember this book is only for you, unless you decide to share it.

Sometimes we just need to have a go at just writing....perhaps try this exercise :

Spend a few minutes looking carefully around you at the place where you are reading and writing just now. Ask yourself, What do I see? Perhaps there is a window, photos, a book you are reading or a lamp that you bought at an antique store. Write about what you see for another five minutes without stopping to correct or reflect on your writing. Then turn the page and ask yourself, What do I not see? Write for another five minutes without stopping to correct or reflect on your writing. Then reread. Now spend a little while reflecting on this with God.


 

Psalm for session 2:

Praise the Lord, my soul.
Lord my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendour and majesty.

The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment;
he stretches out the heavens like a tent
and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
and rides on the wings of the wind.

He makes winds his messengers,
flames of fire his servants.

He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.

He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
it flows between the mountains.
They give water to all the beasts of the field;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
they sing among the branches.

He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.

He makes grass grow for the cattle,
and plants for people to cultivate—
bringing forth food from the earth:

wine that gladdens human hearts,
oil to make their faces shine,
and bread that sustains their hearts.

The trees of the Lord are well watered,
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.

There the birds make their nests;
the stork has its home in the junipers.

The high mountains belong to the wild goats;
the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.

He made the moon to mark the seasons,
and the sun knows when to go down.

How many are your works, Lord!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.

There is the sea, vast and spacious,
teeming with creatures beyond number—
living things both large and small.

There the ships go to and fro,
and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

All creatures look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.

When you give it to them,
they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.

When you hide your face,
they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return to the dust.

When you send your Spirit,
they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.

May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works—

he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.