Gazing on God Through Art | 04

Written By Holy Scripture


Read or listen to Romans 8:12-17.

So then, brothers and sisters, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, because if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

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 8 Contemplation

Return of the Prodigal

Artist: Grace Carol Bomer

Based on the Parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15, this work evokes hope and the glorious embrace of our Heavenly Father who waits eagerly for all of his children to return to him.

The artist employed an existing image torn from a newspaper; an ad for a cancer drug with the large word hope written on it. Bomer collaged the image into the painting, eventually painting over it and manipulating it into something new. The figure in the ad was a female, which she felt highlighted the truth that God’s love, forgiveness, and eternal inheritance are available to all regardless of gender.

The Hebrew text tattooed on the arm of The Prodigal is ‘I am my beloved’s,’ and the text on the Father reads, ‘mine.’

Grace Carol Bomer, The Return of the Prodigal, 2017, 48”x48”, mixed media on canvas. Used by permission.

A print of this work is on display at the Christ Community Downtown Campus.


Luke 22:27


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