There are so many amazing and multi-layered images in Psalm 139. It has been a good companion through the season of Lent. (You can read more in previous posts: Lent I, Lent III and Lent VI.)
The psalm has guided worship planning each week for the pastors and musicians at my church. It has challenged and provoked, comforted and inspired. Many responses have been flowing through the congregation. We are curating a gallery for Holy Week. “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Lenten Responses to Psalm 139” will be available at the physical location of the church. But the great news tonight is that the first artistic display is ready.
You can view a Photo Gallery on-line at the church’s website. All the photographs in the gallery were taken by Abbie Culbertson, Anne-Leslie Owens, Becky Sears, Johnny Sears and me. There are photos from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Abbey of Gethsemani (KY), Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks. There are pictures from the church house, ground zero, San Francisco, St. John’s Abbey (MN) and more.
The gallery is its own kind of Visio Divina. It offers visual guidance for prayer: beauty and brokenness, consolation and joy, grief and rage. You are invited to enjoy this gift and pray the psalm with your eyes, your mind, your heart.
May the mercies of Lent fill your being.