Gazing on God Through Art | 01

Written By Holy Scripture

READ:

Read or listen to Romans 7:14–25.

For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold as a slave under sin. For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate. Now if I do what I do not want to do, I agree with the law that it is good. So now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do. Now if I do what I do not want, I am no longer the one that does it, but it is the sin that lives in me. So I discover this law: When I want to do what is good, evil is present with me. For in my inner self I delight in God’s law, but I see a different law in the parts of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and taking me prisoner to the law of sin in the parts of my body. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I myself am serving the law of God, but with my flesh, the law of sin.

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


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 8 Contemplation

Shine Like Scars in the Sky

Artist: Dylan Mortimer 

Dylan was born with a genetic respiratory disease and has been through two double lung transplants. His art practice visually delves into imagined healing. Specifically, he tries to convey, beyond words, what it might look like and feel like to be healed or cured.

Mortimer’s own scars are a mark of the miraculous healing that he has experienced as a result of God’s provision through organ donors, skilled healthcare workers, and countless prayers. These scars are a recurring image in his work, and they are a mark of the war God continues to wage daily against the snake in his body.

Dylan Mortimer, Shine Like Scars in the Sky, 2021, 23”x48”, Cut paper, paint, and glitter on panel. Used by permission. dylanmortimer.com

This artwork is on display at the Christ Community Downtown Campus.

 

Luke 22:27

3 Comments

  1. Cathy

    Thank you Dylan for portraying your life in art. Through the death of others who gave their own organs you have life. Christ gave of his entire body also for all of us to have life. Remembering the gift.

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  2. Bran

    Dylan. I was working through this today and scanned downed before reading and only seeing this peace I IMMEDIATELY THOUGHT OF YOU. The way God has given you a talent to share his word is awesome. I am super jazzed to see this in my study today. Thanks for being an inspiration to so many.

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  3. Melinda

    Dylan’s Shine Like Scars has stirred up something in me. I can see the snake that was inside his body, trying to destroy it. But, I also see God devouring it. Plain a day, I can see it. I don’t have a physical snake trying to destroy my body, but I do have one that feels like it’s destroying my life, leaving me to feel hopeless most days. I have cried out loud so many times “I can’t do this!”

    Today, I am inspired by Dylan and his art. God is bigger than my snake. Thank you, Dylan.

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