One Fine Day In the Shadow of His Wings

How do you imagine God’s Judgment? What kind of pictures do you draw about the last days? Do you imagine the mighty God of Revelation? or Have you stopped to consider He might just surprise us One Fine Day? I think often we allow God to be surprising for us in the scriptures, but then…

Sounds of the Spirit

    How do we know when we have heard from the Spirit? This is the question I pose to you, as we reflect on the Apostles’ Creed Week #8 “I believe in the Holy Spirit” What does the Spirit sound like? How do we allow ourselves to correctly interpret what we have heard? Isn’t…

Christ is the Conduit of God’s Love

This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles. file source Listen to this interview of Dali by Mike Wallace I will not pretend to completely understand this work, but instead point out some of the things to view and then follow it with my own…

A New Jerusalem that Springs from Our Hearts

   Week #6 Apostles’ Creed: “on the third day he rose from the dead…” The remarkable thing about the Resurrection is that no one actually sees it. We hear in Matthew about  “a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and…rolled back the stone…” in Mark the angel speaks; “He has risen!” in Luke there are…

God Creates Beauty in Our Weakness

Christ and the Apostles, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Co. c. 1890, Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass at the Navy Pier, Chicago IL, Image Wikimedia Commons I love Louis Comfort Tiffany’s (1848-1933) stained glass windows. Once you have seen one, you will find the style very easy to detect and he will show up…

The Death of Innocence and Voluntary Displacement

Lamentation from Scenes from the Life of Christ, Giotto di Bondone, 1304-06, Fresco, 200 X 185 cm, Arena Chapel, Padua Italy Week #5 …died, and was buried, he descended to the dead, Giotto, in this scene of the Lamentation of Christ, shows us the individual grief of those who surrounded Jesus after his descent from the…

Emmanuel: God is With Us

Christ Crucified, 1632, Diego Velazquez 1599-1660, oil on canvas, 248 X 169 cm, Prado Museum Madrid Spain, Image Courtesy Wikimedia Commons Apostles’ Creed Week #4 : “Was Crucified” Pain that goes on and on….pain that will not let you go….physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual pain. Loneliness, loss of control, humiliation and despair… Diego Velazquez expertly…

In God’s Hands: The Witness of Pontius Pilate

Ecce Homo, Antonio Ciseri, 1891, Oil on Canvas,292 X 300 cm, Galleria dell’ Arte Moderna, Florence Italy, Image Courtesy WGA. This painting, by Antonia Ciseri, called “Ecce Homo”, or “Behold the Man” is one of many examples of this scene. Usually an “Ecce Homo” painting will be some sort of representation of Jesus as he is…

The Art of Believing

  Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Plants Michelangelo Buonarroti 1511 Fresco, Cappella Sistina Vatican Image courtesy Web Gallery of Art “I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth” This is the beginning of the Apostle’s Creed and for many faith traditions, something that is recited every Sunday. Why is this…

This is it! Learning to step into your moment

Annunciation c. 1475 by Andrea Della Robbia, Glazed Terracotta 210 X 210 cm, Chiesa Maggiore La Verna Sanctuary in Tuscany Apennines. Image courtesy Web Gallery of Art Apostles’ Creed: Week Two “I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only son, our Lord, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary.” I remember many years…