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Substance

Art should capture the hypostasis or “the substance of things hoped” that the writer of Hebrews speaks of, to serve our culture to reveal the “evidence of things not seen.” ~ Makoto Fujimura How do you capture the substance of hope?

Uncertainty

“What has happened to our ability to dwell in unknowing, to live inside a question and coexist with the tensions of uncertainty?” ~ Sue Monk Kidd

Remember

We do not long remember those artists who followed the rules more diligently than anyone else. We remember those who made the art from which “the rules” inevitably followed. ~ Art & Fear Who do you remember? What new spaces did they open up?

Low tide

“This is the first and wildest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.” ~ Mary Oliver How do you pay attention to the soul?

Catching the light

Describe the greatest and most memorable, joyful moments from last year. How did you feel? Who was there with you? What were you doing? What smells, sounds or tastes do you remember? What dreams does it invite for the new year? If you are looking for some creative reflections at the beginning of this year…

Epiphany

I played with some new paper recently that acts completely different with watercolor. We enter a new year guided by old patterns on a new surface. What paths may we be invited on? How will we listen and watch for them?

Edge of glory

What a waste it is to be surrounded by heaven, by a sky ‘made [brilliant] by Angels wings’ and to be unaware of it. Perhaps the first step is that we really should want to unearth God in our midst… [to] let the mundane become the edge of glory, and find the extraordinary in the…

Living light

Blessed are youin whomthe light lives,in whomthe brightness blazes—your hearta chapel,an altar wherein the deepest nightcan be seenthe fire thatshines forth in youin unaccountable faith,in stubborn hope,in love that illuminesevery broken thingit finds. ~ Jan Richardson How does the light live in you?

When…

[When] the ghost of loss gets into you, may a flock of colors, indigo, red, green and azure blue, come to awaken in you a meadow of delight. ~ John O’Donohue What losses are heightened at this time of year? What spaces of wonder open up?

Fear not

Advent…coming…totally unexpected and disruptive…beyond our imagination…arriving with the words “Fear not”. Are we truly ready to lean in?

Prepare the way

We read and hear and sing and ponder the words of the Prophet Isaiah “prepare the way of the Lord, make straight a highway….and the glory of the Lord will be revealed”. How do we prepare?

Do you see what I see…

“To believe… is to let that something sink down into the marrow of your bones and form the structure of your life, … to let it’s affirmation become the inhalation and exhalation of your life’s breath.” ~ Wendy M. Wright How does the Advent promise transform you?

Advent sky

I have been wondering about an advent sky. Would it be the first sliver of light that comes to those sitting in darkness? Or would it be the guiding star? Or is it more like a stormy cloud on the horizon for what else does “fear not” mean when the good news always upsets the…

Be longing

Be longing. The space between these two words caught me standing at the threshold of Advent…be…longing… How do the two words invite you in?

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