Gazing on God Through Art | 01

Written By Holy Scripture

READ:

Read or listen to Romans 6:1–11.

What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we were buried with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in the likeness of his death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be rendered powerless so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, since a person who has died is freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him, because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again. Death no longer rules over him. For the death he died, he died to sin once for all time; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.


The written Scripture is CSB, however, the audio Scripture is ESV.

FOCUS:

When approached with eyes wide open to God’s presence, gazing at beauty in art can be the Holy Spirit’s avenue for an awareness of union with God and spiritual wholeness.

Spend a few minutes meditating on this art.

PRAY:

Keeping the art in mind, wait in prayerful silence for 5 minutes. Write down what the Holy Spirit shows you.

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Week 1 of 5 Contemplation

Baptism

From artist Sarah Jenkins:

Baptism is both a singular event and an ongoing process. It can be a brilliant moment of profound change with a distinct before and after, but it is also a life-long journey of sanctification.

There is so much freedom from anxious striving in knowing that when we invite God into our lives through baptism, prayer, communion, and other spiritual disciplines, He has already changed us and is continuing to transform us. We are lovingly held by God in our messy incompleteness.

The gradient of colors from white to light and dark blue reflect the varying paces of this change, which sometimes happen all at once and sometimes more slowly. The irregular edges of the glass pieces fit together into a coherent whole, similar to how the pieces of our own stories harmonize with the stories of others into a larger narrative of God’s redemption and healing work.

Sarah Jenkins, Baptism, 2022, 12×12”, stained glass and ceramic tile. Used by permission. sarahjenkinsart.com

Luke 22:27

5 Comments

  1. Gabriel Coyle

    This is a beautiful work, Sarah! It has awakened my imagination in this early hour and warmed my heart. Grateful for who God has called you to be!

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  2. Wendy English

    What a reflection of this life! Broken yet repurposed. Thanks for sharing your gift with us Sarah!

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  3. Chelsa Jensen

    Sarah, your Mosaic is beautiful! I love the distinction of colors.

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  4. Paige Wiley

    Sarah, I LOVE seeing your work!! Amazing and such a helpful reflection God’s word. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

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  5. Cathy Gordon

    Love this

    Reply

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