The readings are Psalm 90, Numbers 17:1-11 & 2 Peter 3. There was one theme in particular that stood out in all texts, and it was ‘growth’.
“You carry them away like a flood;
They are like a sleep.
In the morning they are like grass which grows up:
In the morning it flourishes and grows up;
In the evening it is cut down and withers.” (Psalm 90:5-6)
“Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds. Then Moses brought out all the rods from before the Lord to all the children of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod.” (Numbers 17:8-9)
“You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:17-18)
I researched some symbols that represented growth and the labyrinth is what caught my eye.
It not only represents spiritual growth but wholeness, connection to the source, eternal freedom and is also a metaphor for one’s journey bringing forth the “hidden truths in the process”. This last meaning in particular I liked because it also relates back to v8 of Psalm 90: “You have set our iniquities before You, Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.”
I chose the cross because the Christian takes their journey through Christ Jesus.
Black felt pen
The First Sunday of Advent
The readings were Psalm 25:1-10, Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonions 3:9-13 & Luke 21:25-36
From these readings I saw there was a strong connection about being before God, in His presence, before His righteousness. I also liked the message of His truth being revealed/people receiving knowledge about His plan.
So in this artwork here, I have taken Luke 21:27’s description of the Son appearing “in a cloud with power and great glory” and applied the clouds here. The three rays are symbolic to the 3 faces of God. The man standing before the clouds is to represent the church before God and his glory.
In Luke 21:28 Jesus also tells the people that when they start to see to see the signs of the Lord’s return, then we are to look up and raise our heads, which is what I’ve done with the person in silhouette.
For the reocurring theme of righteousness I have used a red path to represent Jesus’ blood, because the only way to righteousness is through Him. God is also the Creator and Director of our paths. Psalm 25:4-5 “Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.”
The themes linking between today’s readings are quite interesting.
The readings are Psalm 25:1-10; Nehemiah 9:26-31 & Luke 21:20-24
The general themes I found linking between these passages was that God shows mercy to His people (those who call on Him) and gives warnings to them about the wrath of Him which is coming towards the enemy. He tells us where to go and guides us away from the danger.
“They shall be ashamed who are treacherous without God”. Psa 25:3
In the drawing is a silhouette of the temple of ancient Jerusalem as this is the place that Jesus gave warning about because it was going to be destroyed, “For these are the days of vengeance” (Luke 21:22)
Pastel on A3 black paper
The readings are Psalm 25:1-10; Nehemiah 9:16-25; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22
The relating themes between the texts I gathered were: respecting & trusting authority (man or God), love, thankfulness & faithfulness, and be patient.
I found Proverbs 3 suitable for these themes
1″My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
2 for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.
3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will find favor and good success[a]
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh[b]
and refreshment[c] to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.” (1-12)
The artwork is inspired by verse 3 and also the text from the second reading Nehemiah 9:
““But they and our fathers acted presumptuously and stiffened their neck and did not obey your commandments. 17 They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.” (16-17)
I have started a Christmas Challenge for Advent. This post is a couple days behind but it’s here and I will be updating with each new day’s artwork. These artwork challenges are based off the Daily Lectionary Readings from here http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/daily.php?year=C
The readings are Psalm 25:1-10; Nehemiah 9:6-15; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
The underlying themes I gathered from all these texts were salvation, bread, children of light, God’s promises and waiting on the Lord.
These themes consequently led me to the Gospel of John…
“Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”” (John 6:32-40)
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”” (John 8:12)
This artwork I drew using with permanent markers but then I took a photo of it and turned the bitmap into a vector using CorelDRAW.
The bread and wine represents Christ’s blood and body, there is a silhouette of people in worship whilst under a rainbow which is an example of God’s promises.
Say goodbye to all this commotion
And try and find your way so you can shine
“Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator.” Colossians 3:9-10
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
“ You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only don’t let this freedom be an opportunity to indulge your selfish impulses, but serve each other through love.” Galatians 5:13
“Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.
6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:5-8
“And He said to all, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
I’ve been given a taste for something
That nothing in this world can satisfy
But I know that a time is coming
When I will be in glorious delight
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. – Romans 5:1
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – Ephesians 2:8
“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. – Isaiah 43:10