From the earliest days of our Christian heritage, people have been expressing their faith through imagery. These pictures became tools of their devotion so they might focus their thoughts on a humanistic vision of Jesus.
This image from the 2nd century, illustrates beautifully early Christian’s love and devotion to Mary. Through her, they connected more deeply to Christ’s humanity and in the process found little pieces of themselves in her story.
When we hear Mary say “yes” to the impossible…
When we celebrate with her as she finds her strength of voice…
We form a human bond of affection for Mary and in turn the baby Jesus.
But what comes next?
How do we learn to connect to the grown up Jesus?
or Is it enough that we use his name to endorse our prayers?
And so it was just a little over a year ago that this quote from Gregory Boyd’s book Seeing is Believing: Experiencing Jesus through Imaginative Prayer really captured by attention.
“It is that people who are passionate about prayer tend to be people who, …use their imaginations in prayer…”
Strangely appealing, I had to agree. And it seemed to my mind the most basic of desires would be to look into the eyes of the one we love and to see that spark of love returned. To hear Jesus’ voice as he calls our name…
Oh for the faith of a child…like a lost country or a forgotten dream I knew there was still more to be discovered and I needed to deepen my relationship further by developing my picture of Jesus.
I hope you will join me in the coming weeks as I share with you my journey of writing the companion book to My Dancing Day.
Coming Soon in June:
The Joyful Sound: Reflections on the Life of Christ in Art and Music
This week I was reminded by a friend of the lovely little relationship that C.S. Lewis created between his “Lucy” and “Aslan” in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Lewis imagines for us a vision of Christ as a powerful lion. His “Aslan” is capable of steadfast strength and mighty power in one moment and yet in other moments He is shown with extreme tenderness. It is touching for me to witness the relationship as it develops between Aslan and the little Lucy. This intimate portrayal, I believe, represents all that is pure and child like in each of us. This is the kind of relationship we all want and can have if we only choose to imagine:)
Please watch this beautiful video featuring the music of Firelight:
Dear Lord, help those who are in need of your strength this week. And let the wisdom of your words heal their wounds:
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary….
…. those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
They will run and not grow weary,
They will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40 28-31
Blessings and Thank you for reading:)