A couple of weeks ago we started our Devotion Circle times back up again. Meeting on a Monday afternoon as a community, welcoming travellers to join us. Making a rangoli in the centre of our space - a symbol of welcoming the Divine among us.
And then singing and singing and singing. We sang a few bhajans - worship songs to Jesus, in the Indian style. After finishing one song, a lovely new traveller friend Jaelle said “Can we sing that one again?”
And why not? These words are true and beautiful and we repeat them again and again. We sing them, we pray them to God, we sing them to our own hearts, we repeat them to remind and encourage each other.
Our Devotion Circles are pretty organic. Between songs, we intersperse prayers sometimes, or quotes and poems, verses from Scripture. I read a Mary Oliver poem called ‘Praying’:
It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
(a post by Ro)