The Weekly Breather: Tangled

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God made us as creative beings. Your week may have been filled with tasks and busyness. As you head into a weekend, find a spot outside where you can join God in His creative handiwork.

Settle Yourself and Release:

Take a few deep, slow breaths. Notice your breathing. Listen to the sounds around you. Admire the colors of your surroundings. Notice any tension in your body and release it.

Encounter: Feast on God’s Presence

Read this passage:
See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft.
Exodus 35:30-33

Not all of us have the honed artistic gifts that Bezalel received. But, I have discovered the simple art of Zentangling. By drawing what might look like a string on paper and then filling in the string with patterns and shapes, one can still the mind and be more receptive to prayer.
The following are the eleven steps to Zentangling:

1. Relax
2. Breathe
3. Admire the paper and tools
4. Appreciate this opportunity
5. Draw the border
6. Draw the string
7. With the pen, draw the tangles
8. With the pencil, shade the tangles
9. With the pen, initial the font, and sign, date, and comment on the back
10. Reflect and appreciate
11. Admire up close and at arm’s length

Prayer:

Lord God, you created the heavens and the earth. You made us in your image as creative beings. Take away any reluctance to use this gift that you have given me, no matter how large or small my portion of this gift might be. As I put pen to paper may I be grateful for the unique way that you wove me in my mother’s womb. May this experience increase my appreciation of the patterns and designs of this world where you have placed me. Amen.

Source: “One Zentangle A Day” by Beckah Krahula (Quarry Books, 2012)
For more information about this unique art process see this web site.

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