Free & Fit - First Friday April Artistic & Poetry Appreciation

Free & Fit - First Friday April Artistic & Poetry Appreciation - by Tim Cheux & Alina Sapoznikova

As we approach and enter into April we want to encourage all of our members, followers and friends to be praying for every country, person and their own nation at this time. Our very own Intern Sreya is currently battling with the virus and we dedicate her work, the image below and this Blog to her creativity, gifts and talents. We are praying for you Sreya.

For this First Friday in April we are focusing our effort and energies towards our undisputed and unprivileged part of our mission "the Arts." Thankfully I have some very gifted friends and family members who have Artistic appreciation and can contribute for us today.

Firstly, we hear from our very own Artistic London co-coordinator Alina Sapoznikova and her visit to the Gaze of Wonder at the Jesuit Centre on Mount Street in East London.

The Gaze of Wonder - Review by Alina Sapoznikova

Seminar led by Magdalen Lawer SND

'The first thing I saw was a huge icon looking at me with open eyes and reminding me that you are in the God‘s presence. I learned that icons convey the meaning rather than show emotions and emphasize the moment in history. The icon painters were supposed to start from transfiguration painting – learning to remember that when they painted they were in the hands of God.

The comments of the rest of the paintings were accompanied by our opinions and impressions and the views expressed by songwriters and images of people from Syria camp.

The speaker‘s talk was tailored to every ear: a few Bible quotes, cultural and historical background of a painted story, associations, ties with the speaker’s family and our nowadays life….

A new word – metanoia (Classical Greek μετάνοια- changing one’s mind about someone or something) I thing I had some experience of this as well.

Thank you!!!'

Well of living water

Check a few pics and a song from the event and the venue on our Instagram page here:

Touching the Water by Tom McGuinness link here:

'You are my beloved child One that I raised to conquer the skies, Where I am above all misery and pain, Unfortunate consequences and occasional gain.

You are my beloved child One that I raised to enjoy the skies. Come! Listen to my love and gather your strengths, Stop thinking you are a fault and belong to the worst that ends.

You are my beloved child One that I raised to create the skies. Catch the dancing stream of faith, Join the chorus building grace!'

Secondly, today, as we write, we are sharing Poems, Psalms and Prayers for our Poem Appreciation First Friday in April.

How are we doing this?

We are:

1. Sharing a Poem we appreciate.

2. One we have written.

3. Creatively sharing ways to write poetry.

Psalm 23 The Passion Translation (TPT)

The Good Shepherd

23 David’s poetic praise to God 1 The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd. I always have more than enough. 2 He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love. His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss. 3 That’s where he restores and revives my life. He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to his name. 4 Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near. 5 You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight. You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit; you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows. 6 So why would I fear the future? For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life. Then afterward, when my life is through, I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!

For myself I share Psalm 23, a beautiful Psalm taken from the Hebrew Bible. I have also re-written this Psalm in my own context of a runner and encourage you to do the same. To write Psalm 23 in your own context. I attach a picture of the original and hope this Psalm encourages you today! To hear my Psalm write to us and we can send you this months Podcast!