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20/09/2009 / Bryony Taylor

The story of the weeping camel – a meditation

At the church service today which I was leading, I wanted to help people see God and his truth in the world around them. Some time ago I saw the film The Story of the Weeping Camel and it had a profound affect on me. I decided to use a clip from this film in the service to help people to come into God’s presence. I’m recreating this here so that you can take part as well in this ‘mini-meditation’.

You will need to set aside about 10 minutes with no distractions.

Meditation

I am going to show you a clip from a film called ‘The story of the weeping camel’. It’s a documentary film about a small nomadic tribe in Mongolia. Just before you watch it, I will just give you a little background. The large brown camel in the clip is a mother camel. At the beginning of the film, she gives birth to a baby white camel. The birth is very difficult and takes about two days. As a result, the mother rejects the calf. The tribespeople try and feed the baby camel themselves but realise after a short while that without the care of its mother, it will die. Each and every camel is precious to this family. So to remedy the situation, the father sends his two small sons to ride to the nearest village to call for a musician. We join the film as the musician arrives to heal the mother camel.

Watch this film as a parable.

Allow God to speak to you through it.

You might imagine yourself as the mother camel, kicking against the world.

You might imagine yourself as the baby camel, needing to be loved and cared for.

You might imagine yourself as the woman or the musician, singing the song that brings healing.

Or you might just be one of the family, watching something miraculous happen.

Before you press ‘play’, ask God to speak to you as you watch.

Allow yourself to reflect on what God has said to you in the quiet.

Scripture says in Zephaniah 3:17:

The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.

Father, thank you for your care for us.

Thank you for the song of healing you sing over us and our world.

Help us to receive your love.

Amen.

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