“… we are called to celebrate the lives of those who may not look like us or act like us. Learn to see each person, regardless of his or her challenges, as a human being specially created by God.” ~ Joyful Witness
After reading a morning meditation excerpted above, I received a lovely kaleidoscopic video card from a dear and beautiful friend; it prompted another tangent of musings with relationship to an ongoing conversation I’ve been having with another dear and beautiful friend–one of how we are all but tiny mirrors of each other. An Ecumenical kaleidoscope if you will?
The word kaleidoscope, derived from the Ancient Greek kalos meaning “beautiful, beauty” eidos “that which is seen: form, shape” and skopeo “to look and examine” made me think of iconographers; we are a cylinder of mirrors filled with bright pebbles, bits of glass and diamonds in the rough! We are reflecting the Light within to draw others to this beautiful form of prayer. As we tumble through this cylinder of Life, we engage others in this wonderful conversation of our existence in this Light. We each have a unique contribution to the world of iconography; bringing others together to pray, regardless of beginners or masters, we are united in this common bond.
Today is the National Day of Prayer. For this day and onward into future days, think of all of the people who are in your lives. How have you affected them? How have they affected you? Examine your conscience and ask how can you become a brighter reflection of The Light. To live the Gospels daily. To help heal our world through kindness and love. To forgive and heal wounds you may have created and ask others to do the same for you. “As the Father loves me, so I love you. Remain in my love.” John 15:9 How was Jesus able to love so generously? He was consistently aware of the Father’s great love for him, an awareness rooted in his prayer and contemplative living. So today Brothers and Sisters in Christ, “Abide in His Great Love” and continue to walk your path knowing Our Father is holding your hand.
Sidenote: Our Icon Guild Meeting on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 1pm–6pm held at the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, MD. We will practice bringing light into our icons through first and second highlights. Bring an icon you are working on or for those without a current icon in process, we’ll have heavy paper ready with two images to practice with. Egg tempera and pigments are supplied, please bring your favorite brushes! Have a beautiful and blessed day!