This was passed along to me – a very powerful image to ponder in this season of waiting, expecting, longing and hoping for the Christ who steps into the Darkness of our fractured world. -JB
From Ben Sternke:
The painting below was created by Sister Grace Remington of Our Sister of the Mississippi Abbey in Dubuque, Iowa. Try taking 5 minutes (seriously, set a timer), and just take the painting in.
Do not be ashamed, do not grieve.
The former things have passed away,
Our God has brought us to a New Day.
See, I am with Child,
Through whom all will be reconciled.
O Eve! My sister, my friend,
We will rejoice together
Life without end.
Makes me cry every time! We need this, don’t we? We need to learn to wait in hope, looking to Christ to save us from ourselves, and also to guide our feet into the path of peace.
I’ll leave you with the ending of a Eucharistic prayer we prayed every week in our first church plant:
Come and make of your gathered people
the real presence of Christ for the world,
living our prayer and praying our life
till earth and heaven are reconciled,
and all are free as Christ is free.