Uplifted, Awakened, Alive, & Inspired to Create

Today’s lectionary readings for the last Sunday after Epiphany, led me to a search, that led me to a blog I often stubble upon and always enjoy, titled “The Painted Prayerbook”. She posed some questions that have me pondering more upon the theme of transfiguration. I looked up the word transfiguration, with this definition and example provided: “a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state: in this light the junk undergoes a transfiguration; it shines” That example reminded me that I have blogged about this transfiguration theme before in a 2009 post I titled “Hoping my junk may shine today…

I’m also reflecting on the collect read in Episcopal Churches today from the Book of Common Prayer: “O God, who before the passion of your only­begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

In my former 2009 blog post on this subject, I was focused on the transformation of my burden or chore into something that may shine for Christ. Today I am pondering more about how Christ is revealed to me in daily things that may still hold the power to stun me. As “spring has sprung” here in all abundance these last weeks I am finding myself in daily awe and wonder. I think the blogger’s posed questions have led me to answer that it is in the daily wonders of nature that Christ is often revealed to me. By staying awake and in tune to these glories in nature I can’t help but be transfigured.

I took this photo last night of the sun setting behind the Hawthorn trees that just busted out in bloom in our pasture. The “light of his countenance” was surely revealed to me in this scene. His glory is revealed to me over and over in moments like these.

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The Light Of His Countenance Shining Through Our Blooming Hawthorn Tree

How does this change the way I move through my daily life? Uplifted, awakened, alive, aspiring, appreciative, in gratitude, and inspired to create. In the act of “co-creation” with the Great Creator, I am further changed into his likeness. To this I aspire.

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"impressions Of Nature" Cross Inspired By Nature

May we be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Click this cross image to view a special pectoral cross made for Bishop Greg Rickel with impressions from nature. The symbolism and photo journal of the process of making his cross are found in the same web gallery.

More crosses inspired by and made from nature available for purchase may be found in my web gallery titled Impressions Of Nature.

Hoping my junk may shine today…

Shine In My Heart, being a prism of The Light… This same theme still seems to be surfacing daily this week and I hope it is there at some level 365 days a year.

As I was posting my morning facebook status with my cup of espresso (my morning ritual)… I was led to look up the word transfiguration to see if I was using it correctly and I loved the definition and example I found. Dictionary: “a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state: in this light the junk undergoes a transfiguration; it shines”.

The word transfiguration usually brings to my mind a very out of this world happening as I would imagine the Transfiguration of Christ. I loved seeing the word used in such an ordinary way in this dictionary. So my thought and focus for the day became a hope that I may be transfigured in some way. May my junk… my personal baggage, my woes, my heartbreak, my weaknesses… somehow be made to shine today.

To me, this means filtering everything in my life through that prism in my heart, which can make the ugliest of things shine. That is the transformative nature of my life of faith in Christ Jesus. Everything may be made new, redeemed, filtered by that prism, darkness made light.

jewelry polishing

Finishing & Polishing

One of the tasks facing me today is to finish and polish some of my silver castings for a show this weekend. The process involves bringing rough and dull silver castings to a bright, shiny, lustrous state of polished sterling silver. The theme and metaphor is obvious there! This finishing process is a mundane, repetitive, and dirty task that I honestly do not like to do. I have found ways to find some joy in it. As I think negatively about the drudgery of the job, I try to turn those negative thoughts around and pray for the individual who will eventually be wearing the piece I am polishing. Today as I polish, I will pray the wearer may experience the transformative power of our Lord in a personal way in his/her own life. I will pray that their “junk” may be made to shine. May my own personal junk be redeemed as I pray for others today.

Shine on prisms! Show your light today!

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