We just wanted to take a moment to share some of the words and artwork that came out of our Late Night Prayer-Worship-Arts this past Friday. It was an amazing time with the Lord as each one shared and brought their gifts (including a new original song by Linnea). The theme of drawing close to the Lord in this season and not giving in to fear was evident. And there was a theme of mountain imagery.
When the Israelites were brought out of Egypt, God led them by a cloud by day and fire by night... He fed them - gave them what they craved. Yet, they still scoffed “can God set a them a table in the wilderness?” I felt like the Lord was saying. “I have set you table, all you have to do is take my hand and follow me... don't be distracted by the dense wilderness, don't be distracted by the fog in the air or the muck that tries to keep you stuck in the path .... don't be afraid of the tall brush that limits your view, hidden deep inside the wilderness is a feast set for us... if we would dare to go deeper into the wilderness rather than turn around and try to find our way out we would come to a clearing where he is awaiting us at the banqueting table. -Alyson
Jesus made the disciples get into the boat & go before him to the other side... He went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, the boat was far from land, beaten by the waves & the wind was against them. In the 4th watch, He came to them, walking on the sea. The disciples saw him & were terrified, “It is a ghost!” immediately Jesus spoke, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” Peter answered, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat & walked on the water to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, & began to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus reached out his hand & took hold of him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. They worshiped him, “Truly you are the Son of God.” -Matt 14:22-33 - Esther
Isaiah 40- prepare the way of the Lord, proclaim who He is to the nations. - Bekah
Psalm 24 Who shall ascend the hill Of the Lord and who shall stand in His Holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart….. The Mountain calls It says, “come by here” It says, “My way is carefully hewn” “But not well travelled” For the way is hard And the path is steep Its course will not give way To the faint of heart Nor are its secrets Revealed To the weak. There is no mercy in its stony face Its crags pierce all that seek passage. What do its peaks hold, That I should take this way; When it cuts at my flesh And requires blood? Yet with every step My heart grows fonder And my spirit stronger. I know this way Though I have never traveled it. I know the marks On this path That point the way. These wounds I have taken That the mountain requires Are not wounds unto death, But unto life. With each step my resolve grows To discover this mountains secrets Its terrible majesty Fills my view And it treasures now my heart. - Hans
When Truth Comes Haunting whispers linger in my soul The past still echoes here in this valley I’ve camped here, settled for the familiar I believed this is what I deserved, Where I belonged But, the truth is - Truth reigns Pain kept me blinded with an illusion Fear and shame were my tent pegs, but I wasn’t meant to dwell in these shadows of death I was meant to pass through this valley This crucible of becoming Unto the highway of holiness Because the truth is Truth reigns Truth is the remedy Yield to your pride no more He has chosen you Redemption is found On the other side of falling Truth brings you through Truth is the remedy Yield to your fears no more He has chosen you Restoration is found On the journey of following Truth brings you through The truth is - Truth reigns The truth is - Truth rains In refining fire You lead me perfectly When Truth comes - All lies shatter at your voice Depression and anxiety bow All my objections fall at your feet When Truth comes - My heart is pierced with your love My breath comes back to life And I’m so thankful for your blood The truth is - Truth reigns The truth is - Truth rains In refining fire You’re leading me home - Rebekah Bye