Monday, January 16, 2012

Random Thoughts Today

Some rambling random thoughts for today:

{Taken at Youth Haven Ranch July 2011}

This is one of my favorite photo shots from 2011 and it seems an appropriate photo for today, Martin Luther King Jr. day.  Yesterday in church we read Dr. King's speech "Paul's Letter to American Christians".  In this speech he talks about Sunday morning being the "most segregated hour of Christian America". Dr. Kind delivered this speech in 1956 and I hope that now, 56 years later, this is becoming less true of the American Christian church. I'm afraid, though, that we still have a long way to go. But there are changes. There is growth. I'm pleased that it is changing in my own church. And the children are leading us! This is what the above picture represents for me. Young children don't care about the things that tend to separate us as adults. They're just looking for someone to be a friend with. May we learn from them and from Dr. King.
"I still believe that love is the most durable power in the world. Over the centuries men have sought to discover the highest good. This has been the chief quest of ethical philosophy. This was one of the big questions of Greek philosophy. I think I have an answer America. It is love.  This principle stands at the center of the cosmos. As John says, "God is love." He who loves is a participant in the being of God. He who hates does not know God. It is here we find the true meaning of the Christian faith. This is at bottom the meaning of the cross...."  (from Paul's Letter to American Christians)

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35

I am determined that I WILL FINISH my Advent Art Journal, even if it takes me till spring. I am almost all the way through the first three weeks. Recent pages completed:

I'm loving collaged and painted backgrounds right now. I find that when I simply set out to make some background pages, the creativity flood gates open wide!

As usual, I am involved in multiple things at the same time. I am taking a year long class with Stephanie Ackerman that mixes faith, art journaling, doodling, and soul searching. January's prompt is "Being honest with yourself". My cover page for January:

Scripture on the tag is 1 Thessalonians 5:23: "May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Enough rambling for one day. :)

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