Lent, Easter and an Icon

Lent has ended. Now it is the season of Easter. There are Lenten practices that we can continue. During Lent, we remembered Jesus’ 40 days of fasting and temptation, after he was baptized. We often think of giving something up for Lent. This can be a way to open up and make room in our lives for God.

This children’s book looks like a great way to explain this for children:

https://www.amazon.com/Make-Room-Childs-Guide-Easter/dp/1612616593/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488501259&sr=1-1-fkmr2&keywords=childrens+books+on+lent+and+making+room

During Lent, I tried to draw or paint every day. The point of Lent is to draw closer to God, and creating art helps me do this.

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I also have a Lenten picture that I will continue to carry in my mind. It is the icon of the Holy Trinity, by Andrei Rublev (completed 1425). This icon is based on Genesis 18:1-15, where Abraham and Sarah welcome three angelic visitors. Christians believe this was a theophany—an appearance of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Remember in Genesis 1:26, when God says “Let us make humankind in our image”?)

An icon is “a window…into the realm of God.” For this quote and a meditation on the icon, see:

http://sacredheartpullman.org/Icon%20explanation.htm

There is a lot of great symbolism and meaning in this icon, that help us understand how God is a community of self-giving love. Theologians describe the Trinity as “three persons in one essence.” Notice how they all incline toward one another, and make a harmonious unit? Jeremy Begbie describes the Trinity in musical terms, like a single piano chord made up of three notes.  You can find more on this wise man at:

https://www.faithandleadership.com/multimedia/jeremy-begbie-theology-through-the-arts

Notice how there is an open space at the front of the table? That space is for you and me, and for everyone who will come.

As you make space in your life and draw near to God, remember that He has already made space for you! He eagerly waits for you to accept His invitation.

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Please join the conversation!

One way I make space in my life and connect to God is by doing art.

How about you?

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