The Weekly Breather: Relational Giving (A Guided Art Meditation)

A guided art meditation is simply a time to be still, contemplate, and allow God to speak to you through art. While we are accustomed to verbal and written forms of communication, art is a visual form which connects with our minds and hearts in a very different way. It is a way of communicating without using words.  


Find a quiet place to relax and meet God. Gather all of your current thoughts or concerns and place them aside. Be still and breathe deeply.


Spend some time looking at this piece, “Relational Giving” by Jannele Mastin (USA/Contemporary).

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life;
a wise man captivates people.
Proverbs 11:30 (JPS)

But as for the seed sown on good soil,
this is the person who hears the word and understands.
He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.
Matthew 13:23 (NET)

For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit.
Luke 6:43 (NET)

Just as in the entire world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing,
so it has also been bearing fruit and growing among you from
the first day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth.
Colossians 1:6 (NET)



Settle your mind again.
First think of way that God’s “relational giving” have met you in a desert place and thank Him.
Ask Him where there are desert places around you and how your “relational giving” might impact others.
Write a note to someone whose relational giving has brought you life.

Ben is a husband, father, priest, and scholar with a PhD in Biblical Studies (NT emphasis) from Asbury Theological Seminary. Prior to his studies at Asbury, he completed his M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and served with Mission Aviation Fellowship in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He and his wife, Amy, have 4 handsome sons. Ben loves to play music, make (and eat) sushi, dabble with tech, and help his boys navigate life. He currently serves as the Soul Care Community's Editorial Assistant and Book Review Editor.


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