The story of the weeping camel

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Some time ago I saw the film The Story of the Weeping Camel and it had a profound affect on me. This clip is one of the most powerful scenes in the film and makes for a great meditation. Below is an outline of a meditation I used in a service once. Feel free to use this or adapt it!

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

This is a video of the entire documentary, you will need to move to 1.11 hrs into the film, slide the marker up to that point and then press play.

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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