Praying with Music and Art

Today I led a Lenten prayer retreat with one of our pastors. A church member, who is a talented musician, played several different flutes for about fifteen minutes during our retreat. This was not a performance; it was a time of prayer. Participants closed their eyes as they prayed and listened for how God spoke to them through the music. It was wonderful to hear the live music; especially to hear the breathing and nuances. We also added visual arts to the room including items from nature; rocks, branches and flowers. Participants were invited to gaze and pray with a chosen piece.

I am grateful for those who share their gifts so others can see, listen and pray. If you are an artist or a musician, you don’t usually know what an impact you have on those who see your art or hear your music. We all have gifts that, when shared, touch each other.

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