|“Shimmer and Shadow at the Blessingway”|
“And we are supposed to trust our lives to this enigma? … We yearn for union with God, for the sense of safety and belonging. What we often experience instead is frustration and aloneness.” p. 151
“Often, however, art is veiled — couched in clues and symbols, a shadow that touches reality, that gives us a glimpse of the indescribable, that invites us farther up and farther in. It will not always show all of itself or the whole truth at one viewing, nor will it preach a four-point sermon. But if we are willing to gift it our full attention, art will being to open our inner eyes.” p. 154
“But truth isn’t always pleasant. Christians who practice art must not always feel bound to produce sweetness and light. We have to recognize the darkness and shadow as well as the light, and realize that God is not dark and evil, but he embodies mystery. Sometimes God withdraws and leaves us in the dark — and we can learn to view it as an instructive and salutary phase of life. It’s not pleasant, but we discover things in the dark that we couldn’t find in the light.” p. 161
“Within This Strange and Quickened Dust”
O God, within this strange and quickened dust
The beating heart controls the coursing blood
In discipline that holds in check the flood
But cannot stem corrosion and dark rust.
In flesh’s solitude I count it blest
That only you, my Lord, can see my heart
With passion’s darkness tearing it apart
With storms of self, and tempests of unrest.
But your love breaks through blackness, bursts with light;
We separate ourselves, but you rebind
In Dayspring all our fragments: body, mind,
And spirit join, unite against the night.
Healed by your love, corruption and decay
Are turned, and whole, we greet the light of day.
“While creativity sometimes begins with seemingly random moments, it also sometimes begins with moments of epiphany. For me, this has a lot to do with being in touch with the creative world, where sometimes, I am almost literally lifted out of myself… There is something about green and growing things that absolutely clutches at me; nature becomes like a second Bible.”
|Pink Sunrise Clouds and Silhouette of Trees|
|Daytime Clouds: Shimmer and Shadow|
|Sunset with Clouds and Palms|
These tree photos were taken at the east end of the soccer field at Metro Life Church, where our home school co-op meets. We had taken the 1st-3rd grade science class out for recess. I immediately e-mailed the photos from my iPod camera to my laptop and showed them to my 7th-8th grade English class during the next period. I encouraged them to be aware of their surroundings and let God’s creation be an inspiration for their writing.
|Up and Up|
|Leaning against the trunk
looking straight up at the fanning branches, sun glow
|The light shimmering through the needles
makes me think of a fiber optic Christmas tree
|Bare branches except at the tippy top tuft|
|Branches Cast Shadows on the Trunk|
|Same Tree Close Up, Hollow Trunk|
|Roots (Looking Down Instead of Up)|
Even Blades of Grass Cast Shadows
|Shadows on drain pipe|
|Cracked Stepping Stone in the Side Yard|
|Melody with Long Shadow|
Grace in the shadows, my friends