GTA Advent Journey, Day 14: Illumination

“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 12: The Mission

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 This painting by Raphael is from the High Renaissance and demonstrates a perfection of…

GTA Advent Journey, Day 11: Sacred Moments

GTA Advent Journey Day Eleven: Sacred Moments These paintings are 4 Vermeer treasures that are in the National Gallery of Art collection in Washington D.C. Vermeer has a wonderful way of capturing the golden moments of everyday life. Notice how he captures the direction of the light in each painting. In this way, God’s light…

GTA Advent Journey, Day 10: Unity

GTA Advent Journey Day Ten: Unity Think of how wonderful it was that Isaiah wrote these words 700 years before Christ’s birth. “For unto us a Child is born!” Add to that, the heart warming thought of Handel in 1752 making them his own. “For unto us a Child is born!” Enjoy this video that…

GTA Advent Journey: Day Nine, God’s Eyes

God thru the Arts- Advent Journey Day Nine: God’s Eyes The key to finding the deeper meaning of Christmas is to view the gift of God’s son as His gift of love to the world. To really see God reaching out to us in tenderness, can be powerful. In my earthbound heart it helps me to…

Advent Journey, Day Eight: Small Gestures

GTA Advent Journey Day Eight: Small Gestures Sometimes God uses unexpected people in quiet ways to reach out to us…to comfort us, to tell us He is with us; that He cares….amazing how we forget sometimes that He is always near. Please read and consider I Kings 19: 9-12 The Lord said, “Go out and…

Advent Journey Day Seven: Holy Vision

Advent Journey Day Seven The Christmas season is filled with so many activities that it can be challenging to channel our thoughts on God’s precious gift of his son. Each year, I try to press into this time of waiting for our Savior’s birth a little more deeply… Today I hope you will join me…

Advent Journey, Day Six: The Candle

Advent Journey Day Six Today, enjoy the wisdom of this this reflection on the meaning of the Candle. I found this lovely little meditation while traveling in England several years ago and I have been saving it for just this moment.  Think of all the ways we see the candle being used in our different…

Advent Journey, Day Five: Deliverance

Advent Journey Day Five: Deliverance George Frederick Handel lived during the years  1685-1759 and is most famous for his powerful “Hallelujah Chorus” from his oratorio Messiah. He lived for most of his life in England during the Baroque period of music and art history. He wrote many other fine works that used “word painting” to spotlight…