Radiance and Beauty

Every-Increasing Light A Messianic Daily Devotional “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame” Psalm 34:5 NIV. Most artists will tell you that light depicted in art is more important than the subject. The artist’s ability to transfer the reality of illumination onto the canvas is what makes artistic…

winter solstice

brief shadows lengthen in magic and mystery the winter solstice

the garment of your soul…

“The Wave” by Scottish artist, Gina Wright to touch the garment of your soul, to slip between raw, unfinished seams

‘Painter of Light’–Thomas Kinkade

This post is not going to be what you think… I am not a fan. Self proclaimed “painter of light,” Thomas Kinkade’s art is splashed everywhere in American society. I was especially surprised to read that Kinkade is very popular with evangelic Christians. Somehow Kincade has learned how to tap the market. It is said that there…

The Magnificat

“Fra Angelico” by Florenz (1446) In the last decade, a depth of appreciation has grown in my heart for the historic church. In my youth, I had no regard for the roots of Christianity, and my ignorance about the great heritage of meaningful tradition, often based upon significant biblical truth, left a void in my spirit….

Below Freezing

I grew up in Colorado, and cold and snowy winters remain a huge part of my childhood memories. Ice skating was my favorite winter sport. One of my close friends lived on a lake close to our house, so I was able to spend time skating. I had blue skates with white fur at the…

haiku: season of hope

Pontormo’s “Visitation” -famous mothers, Elizabeth and Mary mothers carried seeds of change in their wombs, the whole world waited in hope

That Gnawing Emptiness…

Here we are standing thigh-deep in glittering red and green–or in my case, the glittering white of the season. It’s not going away for a couple more weeks–it will only intensive. Love or loathe it, Christmas celebration is part of the cultural life-cycle that spins our immediate world. Lights, sparkle, candles, scents, ribbons, baking, colors–all of…

How Different My Life

Autumn by Ihor Ropyanyk How Different My LIfe Dry autumn leaf floating lightly above water, carelessly down river gliding in search of nothing. Caring not winter’s short light will freeze the river white and solid. Autumn leaf encased in time entombed, suspended immobile between heaven and earth until the spring thaw rushes it clear back to…