Art meditations on a daily lectionary: February 20-26, 2012.
I started this journal in an effort to alter my perspective on mornings. I thought that if I dragged myself out of bed and meditated for a half hour that I might be more awake when it was time to get the children up.
What I discovered is that if I start the journal at bedtime by writing the phrase of scripture I will meditate on in the morning, creative ideas begin to flow as I go to sleep. When I wake up, I'm pretty eager to get those ideas on paper, and it's been easy to get up.
Go figure: it is good to have something joy-filled to wake up for. Not that a surly, sleepy, hibernating bear of a teenager isn't joy-filled...
Sunday, February 26, 2012
"I Have Questions, O Mighty One" on Genesis 9:11
Never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.
Here is a link to my writings on intimate violence
Links for help dealing with Intimate Violence:
(Burlington County, NJ)
(Mercer County, NJ)
Saturday, February 25, 2012
"Butch & the Kid" John 8:6
Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.
P.S.--Yes, I am aware that many scholars doubt whether this was an original Jesus story as it is not found in the oldest manuscripts. However:
1) It figures that y'all would question the veracity of a story where a woman was saved from death by stoning.
2) Professor Telford Work once asked our church history class, "If only the oldest manuscripts are authentic, does this mean you want me to grade your rough drafts?"
Friday, February 24, 2012
"Abomination" on Ezekiel 16:44-52
"Like mother, like daughter..."
[The] innate resilience and strength of the woman bred fear in the heart of primitive man. And it was this fear, or even terror, that led him to oppress and subjugate her with all means at his disposal, be they economic, social, legal or moral...The building up of this armoury was a logical consequence of a specific situation. For the potential force that lies within a being itself decides the counter-force required to hold him or her down and to suppress their capacity for resistance.
trans. and ed. Dr. Sherif Hetata (New York: Zed Books, 1980; reprint 2002), 100
Thursday, February 23, 2012
"Do It Again" on Psalm 103:15-16
As for mortals, their days are like grass; they flourish like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.
Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.
~G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
"The Closet" on Matthew 6:6
Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
"Solid Rock" on 2 Corinthians 1:7
Our hope for you is unshaken.
Monday, February 20, 2012
"Talitha Cumi" on Psalm 38:9
All my longing is known to you; my sighing is not hidden from you.
One way to start an art journal:
2) Pick out a short phrase from the passages that catches your attention. Sometimes this takes more than one read. Write the phrase on a page in your journal.
3) Sleep on it.
4) In the morning pick up the journal and your pens and pencils. Start to doodle. Stick figures, lines, impressions, thoughts--anything that comes to mind. If other scriptures connect add them to the paper. If other thoughts connect, write them down. Color in your doodles, bracket off scriptures with lines and designs. There's no right way to do this. And therefore no wrong way, either.
5) Don't worry about whether a Hebrew or Greek scholar would agree with your interpretation.
6) Enjoy your art.