This video is from my first talk at Pepperdine University Bible Lectures. A little reminder of how I began with discussing the mysteries of Annunciation paintings and what they can do for your spiritual reflection of God. Grace and Peace be with you:)
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel,’ (which means God with us.) ~ Matthew 1: 22-23 quoting Isaiah 7:14
GTA Advent Journey Day 19: Prince of Peace Without Jesus at the center of our being our hearts can become crusted over with hardness imprisoning us with chains of fear and doubt. Yet the key to unlock the door is within our grasp. Nothing is impossible, only our pride shuts our prince of peace out….
featured in My Dancing Day : Reflections of the Incarnation in Art and Music. As you gaze at this busy scene, think of all of your holiday preparations and resolved to slow down this year.
We beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.
Renew your picture of our God who is love and is seeking each of us. Yes! the “Wise Men” brought precious gifts to the baby Jesus, but their greatest gift to him was their presence….and by their presence we are changed as they bring the world to worship the new born King.
“If God wants you to know Him in a truer way, He will create the circumstances that drive you to seek Him more deeply. He creates the path. And then He is the light of understanding that shines within you….And as I have told you, He wants us to live with hope and expectancy, believing He is going to reveal himself to us more and more. For God wants to be seen. And He wants us to seek. And He moves closer to us when we are expectant of His coming.” ~ Julian of Norwich, Rekindling the Inner Fire Series, David Hazard
GTA Advent Journey Day 13: Spiritual Formation The Sistine Madonna, by Raphael, 11513-14, Oil on canvas, 270x201cm, Gemaldegalerie , Dresden, Image courtesy Web Gallery of Art. <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sistine_Madonna” “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John…