Gazing on God Through Art | 07

Written By Holy Scripture

READ:

Read or listen to Romans 8:28–30.

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified.

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 7 of 8 Contemplation

We Are More Cherished Than Many Sparrows

Artist: Sarah Jenkins

Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. But even the hairs of your head have all been counted. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows (Matthew 10:29-31).

Sarah was drawn to this text because it reminded her that she is still experiencing God’s care even when it’s hard to understand his timing. She invited other artists to contribute some of the pieces of broken pottery and glass that were integrated into the final work.

When we are in pain or struggling with patience as we wait for healing, or the outcome of a situation is not as we wish, God is still working all things together for our good. Sarah takes broken shards that many people might just throw away and makes them into something beautiful. Aspects of our story may seem broken beyond repair, but when we step back and look through the lens of God’s glory, what once looked broken and useless is revealed to be a part of a magnificent design.

Sarah Jenkins, We Are More Cherished Than Many Sparrows, 2024, 36”x48”, stained glass and ceramic tile. Used by permission. sarahjenkinsart.com

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

 

 

Luke 22:27

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