Shabbat Shalom: God’s Art to heART

👆Play👆to listen along as you read ART to heART is more than a homophone. It’s a life-changing salvific principle used in the recreative-poetic expression of God. The Greek word poiēma is used ONLY TWICE in the Bible and both times in reference to the creative power of God. First, when He created eARTh referred to …

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Shabbat Shalom: You’re A Masterpiece—God’s Work of Art [with audio]

👆Play👆to listen along as you read God is a master artist, a genius creator. When He created eARTh, He built ART into every nook and cranny of it. And as beautiful and majestic and wonderful as the ART He created in eARTh was, at its completion God pronounced it as merely “good”. Genesis 1:10, 12 …

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Shabbat Shalom: God Knows Your Name [with audio]

👆PLAY👆 and listen along while you read God is passionate about you because God is passionate about God. OK … hold on. Before you think I’m saying God is egotistic, because that He is not, let me expound. God knows who He is. In response to Moses’ question: “Who should I say you are?”, God …

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Shabbat Shalom: Sun/Son & Shadows

👆PLAY👆You may listen and read along Shadow is mentioned quite frequently in the Bible, and usually in the context of God's protective presence. Like: being covered with the shadow of God’s hand (Isaiah 51:16); resting in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1); being hidden in the shadow of God’s wings (Psalms 17:8); or walking …

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Shabbat Shalom—Be Like A Tree© [with audio]

👆LISTEN👆as you read along As we’re winding down the season of long summer days and about to enter the season of transition, I’m thinking about trees and the transformation they’re preparing to undergo—the stripping, the letting go—and how simultaneously beautiful and haunting that is. And that got me thinking about the life lessons we can …

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Shabbat Shalom: Of Lives Lost & Longing

Before-word: for today’s Shabbat Shalom celebration, sharing a piece commissioned by my church as a tribute to our members who’ve passed on as part of our 50th anniversary celebration. I did not want a macabre presentation, but rather one filled with hopeful anticipation. Using the abecedarian poetry form, I chronicled our beginning; the joys of …

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Shabbat Shalom: The Sacrifice©

Before-word: This epic poem is a parallelism of the Abrahamic and the Messianic sacrifice experiences. Abraham’s would-be sacrifice of Isaac was a foreshadow of the crucifixion of Christ. The sacrifice of Christ was a symbolism of high sabbaths (John 19:31) as the complete story of salvation—that is, the work of Christ beginning with His death …

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Shabbat Shalom—Soul Cry: Hiraeth! [with audio]

Hiraeth: “A deep homesickness; an intense form of longing or nostalgia; an unaccountable homesickness for a place you have never visited”. 👆LISTEN👆WHILE YOU READ ALONG Hiraeth! Hiraeth! Something irretrievably lost, beckons Beckons my soul from deep Deep within, this unexplainable, unattainable longing Longing—intense yearning, reminiscing for a place A place I’ve never been but somehow …

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Shabbat Shalom: Sabbath, A Time-Tithe

Sabbath is a tithing of our time. Okay—having put that out there, let me explain: Sabbath and tithing are two biblical principles. Both appear paradoxical or self-contradictory on the surface. And, both are associated with blessings. Paradoxical and a blessing? How? Both are based on you giving up a portion of what you have a …

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Shabbat Shalom: Rest in Stillness

I’m a big fan of David. The David of the Bible. Yes, that prolific spoken word artist who was also a master harpist, a warrior King and a murderous adulterer. So bloody were the hands of David from warding off assailants while he fled a jealous crazed king and from wars he waged to secure …

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Shabbat Shalom: God Started It, Science Confirms It

Before I understood the true meaning and the blessings of the Sabbath, it was more like an arduous religious ritual observance. And as an adolescent, I recall at the end of just about every Sabbath I came down with a terrible migraine headache. Research on the anthropology and psychology of religion have confirmed the psychological …

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Shabbat Shalom: Reflection

In addition to—the tranquility of Sabbath peace; the blessings of Sabbath worship; the refreshing of Sabbath rest; and those Selah moments of pause like mini-Sabbaths that can be taken throughout the week—is the joy of Sabbath reflection. Sabbath is a time of reflection. Many people tend to think of Sabbath as merely a command given …

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Shabbat Shalom: Fellowship

I previously wrote about attributes that Sabbath affords us—the tranquility of Sabbath peace; the blessings of Sabbath worship; the refreshing of Sabbath rest; and those Selah moments of pause that we can take throughout the days that are like mini-Sabbaths. This post is about another facet of Sabbath, fellowship. One of the things I miss …

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Shabbat Shalom: Worship

God started it! Sabbath is for rest and it’s also for worship. Standing on the bank of the river transfixed, in awe of all creation bustling around me. Watching the sun go down, but not before it colored the clouds an autumn orange and the river a golden glimmering tint. Hearing the geese honking, hissing …

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Shabbat Shalom: Selah! [with audio]

👆LISTEN👆as you read along Selah! This may be the most mysterious word in the Bible. It appears at the end of verses primarily in the books of Psalms and Habakkuk. There’s no one definition but all may be summed up to be interpreted as: “stop and listen”, or “pause and consider”, or “contemplate, reflect and …

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Spring Blooms captured on my morning walk while embracing the gift of Sabbath—rest, reflection, restoration. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. Thank you for reading! Follow the blog here👈 for more.In creative solidarity, Dee