A Lenten reflection series adapted with permission from PrayerBench.ca
For the Lord gives wisdom;
from God’s mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6)
Have you ever thought about the meaning of wisdom?
I don’t mean the wisdom of your parents or elders, but Divine Wisdom. The bible has much to say about wisdom – it appears 367 times!
Wisdom is the path of being present with the whole of our being to the Divine in all things. We bring the whole of who we are to our desire to live in wisdom’s way. It’s not about gathering more information until we know the truth or experience Oneness. It is more about letting go, softening our heart, trusting, and becoming receptive.
It is about perceiving truth with our mind and our heart and our body as we learn to see in a new way. Jesuit priest and theologian, Teilhard de Chardin, wrote:
“To understand the world, knowledge is not enough. You must see it, touch it, live in its presence.” -
Practice (Wisdom Chants)
Chanting brings us into the Presence of the Holy One. Chanting allows us to absorb wisdom in our heart. It is an ancient spiritual practice that has grown in popularity. Here is a brief article about chanting as spiritual practice. https://www.contemplative.org/contemplative-practice/chanting/
At Grace, we often use chants during our Prayers of the People. During Lent we are using chants as we extinguish the Lenten candles – they provide space to bring us into Divine presence.
Today, I invite you to listen to the words in this chant by Darlene Franz.
Close your eyes and chant or hum along, and feel yourself coming into the Presence of the Holy One.
There are many Taize chants online. Google: Taize Chants. Or open your bible and make your own chants with the Psalms using one tone. There is no wrong way to chant.
This week why chose a chant a day to sing along with – here is an excellent webpage for some practice. https://lehighvalleywisdom.com/practices.
Peace, Rev. Gail
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