“Keri Wehlander is an author, hymn lyricist, liturgical dancer and leader of retreats and workshops. Spirituality and the arts provide a primary focus for her work in various settings in both Canada and the U.S. A passion for making biblical stories and imagery come alive is at the heart of her work. She consistently seeks to find ways of integrating artistic expression into the life of the church… She is the editor of Courage for Hallelujahs: Alternate Worship Resources for Lent and Easter and the series editor for the Experience! Faith Formation Curriculum for Adults. The most recent book she has edited is entitled Creating Change: The Arts as Catalyst for Spiritual Transformation, and it will be released in September of this year.”
I especially appreciate the expression in her prayer, “May we listen gently enough to touch the hem of your presence” – an allusion to the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment in Matthew 9. Oh, to get that close, to be that close, to be filled with fear and wonder, to pray this audacious prayer with faith – may you take in this moment in prayer:
In this moment, O God, we turn to you.
May the ebb and flow of our thinking settle into stillness.
May each heaviness we carry be released into your love.
May the cycles of our breathing restore a spaciousness within.
May we listen gently enough to touch the hem of Your presence.
May the generosity of your life, flood our beings with tenacious hope.