Gazing on God Through Art | 04

Written By Holy Scripture


Read or listen to Romans 7:1–6.

Since I am speaking to those who know the law, brothers and sisters, don’t you know that the law rules over someone as long as he lives? For example, a married woman is legally bound to her husband while he lives. But if her husband dies, she is released from the law regarding the husband. So then, if she is married to another man while her husband is living, she will be called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law. Then, if she is married to another man, she is not an adulteress.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you also were put to death in relation to the law through the body of Christ so that you may belong to another. You belong to him who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God. For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions aroused through the law were working in us to bear fruit for death. But now we have been released from the law, since we have died to what held us, so that we may serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the old letter of the law.

What does this passage communicate about your new life in the Spirit?

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


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.


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


Week 4 of 5 Contemplation

Embodied: the earthly immortal soul and the battle of becoming

From the artist Kelly Kruse:

Soma is a Greek word that refers to the human soul made manifest in a material body. All human beings experience the body’s transience: in this present state, the soma is subject to the laws of matter, over which we have no meaningful control, and it fluctuates according to health, sickness, life, and death. Yet what we do with our soma has implications for eternity: we are not just affecting a temporary body but an eternal soul.

Human souls are in a constant process of becoming through experience and the exercise of free will. There is a tension in the soma which is a kind of battle of becoming: I have the option to embrace my flesh and to forge my own path and truth, or I have the option to humble myself as a creature of the living God, to be filled with his Spirit, and to become more like Christ.

Kelly Kruse, Embodied: the earthly immortal soul and the battle of becoming, 2020, 15’ x 5’, Acrylic ink, marble dust, gold, and mixed media on belgian linen. Used by permission.

Luke 22:27


  1. Chelsa Jensen

    “So that we may serve in the newness of the Spirit,” relinquished God’s voice to me while contemplating scripture and taking in your body of artwork.

    Where did you find the Belgian linen material that you used in your body of work, Kelly? Was it a material that was best to create Soma?

    • Kelly Kruse

      Thank you so much, Chelsa! I’m so glad to hear you were encouraged as you contemplated God through the visual!

      I used Belgian linen because of its archival quality and the very generous budget for materials given by the commissioner, the University of St. Thomas. I knew at the time of commissioning that the work would be on display for at least 50 years, so I used the best quality materials I could get.

      I purchased the linen just down the street from CC downtown at the Artist and Craftsman! ❤️


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