Monday, 30 June 2008

Signs of the kingdom in doodles and cartoons

The doodle or cartoon is by Andre Jordan from his book "If you're happy and you know it".
I love how hope could just slip through your fingers here in the picture, somehow although hope floats above us and causes us to look up from our lives it needs us holding on to it to remain earthed and truly hopeful.
Don't let go.
"Tenemos Esperanza" was the theme of our prayers this morning - hold on to hope.
This doodle helps me do that, hope is fragile and easily lost but there are many, many people out there in terrible situation who continue to hold on to that line of hope.
As we prayed for Chile, Peru and Bolivia this week we also sang Tenemos Esperanza and used this final affirmation from the beatitudes, saying the biblical parts in Spanish and the responses in English:

Blessed are the poor…
Not the penniless, but those whose hearts are free.
Blessed are those who mourn…
Not those who whimper but those who raise their voices.
Blessed are the meek …
Not the soft but those who are patient and tolerant.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice …
Not those who whine but those who struggle.
Blessed are the merciful …
Not those who forget but those who forgive.
Blessed are the pure in heart …
Not those who act like angels but those whose life is transparent.
Blessed are the peace-makers …
Not those who shun conflict but those who face it squarely.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for justice …
Not because they suffer but because they love.

(copyright P. Jacob, Chile, from Wisdom is Calling pp.263-264 ed G Duncan)

Prayers here and sermonette here btw.