The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
J.R.R. Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring)
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Images From All-Night Prayer
We have some of the sweetest times when we gather to keep an all-night vigil. Our last time, Oct 23, was no exception. I only took pictures at the beginning of the evening, so I didn't get everybody who came and went. I was so excited Nate was able to come for a few hours:)
Rowdy and Nate playing for us. Elizabeth, drawing...
Chad's painting station--he set it up in case any kids wanted to paint then ended up using it himself. That's one picture I should have gotten, his amazing finger painting. I had my stuff out too and painted, I'll have to download a picture some time...
Janis, Lorna and Elijah (Alisa and Chad too)
Chad and Janis. We had a great "drum" circle sometime in the night. There was only one drum, Bear was on it at the time I think. The rest of us slapped legs and clapped hands. It was so fun how everyone just started beating out rhythms at the same time :)
Rowdy and Nate again
Those of us remaining early in the morning were laying around the floor, huddled under blankets. Janis, of course, started the morning by throwing a pillow at Bear. Before long the seven of us were lobbing pillows at each other laughing like crazy. While still laying on the floor. :D That was at 6:30, and somehow we still managed to be late for pre-service prayer at 8:30. Oops. :P
The next couple of days after an all-nighter are always challenging because of lack of sleep. That one night seems to affect the whole following week for me. At the same time there are often spiritual or physical breakthroughs that follow the fasting of time and sleep. While those are not why we do it, it's always fun to see.