Words: Help me Dear Lord,
to care too much,
to love too freely,
to pray unceasingly,
to forgive endlessly,
to laugh fearlessly,
to be who I am,
to be where I am,
to be what I am,
to reach out my hand.
Background: The ‘Help Me’ poem was written as a response to a piece of art I created called The Name of the Lord and was published in my Life in Christ book. Somehow it needed to become more than just another poem and be allowed to grow into a piece of art in its own right. Much of the artwork around the words takes the form of decoration or illumination and serves as a vehicle for meditating on the words, try following the weaving lines with your finger or eye.
The rest of the artwork illustrates the words of the poem with additional ways of thinking about them, so a hand resting on a head with the words ‘seventy times seven’ represents ‘To forgive endlessly’ and a blooming colourful flower with the phrase ‘water often’ is the image for ‘To live’ – suggesting that we aim for a full, vivid life regularly ‘watered’ with the presence of God.
Printing and Sizing: This item is 210mm x 297mm and is printed on 300gsm card stock using our in-house printer. Each print is individually signed by Mary Fleeson and is packaged in a cellophane wrapper with a descriptive backing sheet explaining more about the piece and the Scriptorium.
Lord Jesus show me Your way
Background: Artist Mary Fleeson comments...'This piece was inspired by the lighthouse beam I see each night. It cuts through the darkness like a sword, like the word of God. It is a guide, a warning, a comfort and a reassurance.'
Printing and Sizing: This item is 210mm x 297mm and is printed on 300gsm card stock
Spiritual formation, I have come to believe, is not about steps or stages on the way to perfection. It’s about the movements from the mind to the heart through prayer in its many forms that reunite us with God, each other, and our truest selves.
Henri Nouwen, from the Introduction
Henri Nouwen, beloved author, priest and spiritual guide, counseled many people during his lifetime, but his principles of spiritual formation were never written down. Now, Michael Christensen, one of Nouwen’s longtime students, and Rebecca Laird have taken the famous course in spiritual formation and supplemented it with his unpublished writings to reveal Nouwen’s sage advice on how to live out the five classic stages of spiritual development.
I always knew I was in the presence of a spiritual master when I was with Henri Nouwen. Here are some simple, wise words that will allow the master to continue to teach.
Richard Rohr, O.F.M., author of The Naked Now
One of the book’s many strengths is its integration of an area especially important to Nouwen, the contemplation of icons and other works of art – visio divina – in order ‘to behold the beauty of the Lord’.
Jim Forest, author of Praying with Icons and The Road to Emmaus
his is an illustrated book by Matthew Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn and Dennis Linn. They describe it as follows: 'When we are hurt, we are tempted to either act as a passive doormat or to strike back and escalate the cycle of violence. We can avoid both of these temptations and find creative responses to hurts by moving through the five stages of forgiveness. In so doing, we discover the two hands of nonviolence: one hand that stops the person who hurts us and the other that reaches out, calms that person and offers new life. This book has healing processes so simple that children can use them."
Behind, around, underneath and through the day-to-day world that we inhabit is the song of the angels. It is beautiful, endless, joyful and terrible. It will be sung whether we join in with it or not, but imagine the sensation of stepping into that angel harmony and being caught up in its power and majesty. This is what the angels invite us to do. They long to teach us their song, so that we, with them, can sing a hymn of praise to the glorious universe and its maker.
Many people are fascinated by angels, and some of us believe we have encountered them in our lives. But who are these mysterious beings? And what can they mean for us?
In this beautifully illustrated book, Jane Williams traces the story of angels in the Jewish and Christian traditions. She shows us how angels interact with humans at key moments in history, how they not only comfort and encourage, but also help to move people forward in important ways and at special moments.
As she explores angelic activity in the Scriptures, the author opens up for us a universe that is far more complex and intriguing than many would believe possible. Angels, she explains, are all around us, but they are only seen when they have a particular job to do. She goes on to examine questions such as:
What angels look like
Angels as bringers of good news
Angels and Jesus
Angels after the Bible
Angels is a book to widen our horizons and to help us set out on a voyage of discovery. It will enchant, intrigue and excite all those ready to begin the journey.