Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Word Made Flesh / God Poured Out

9"x12" Oil on Panel
with Palette Knife

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it…
…And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:1-5, 14

“who, though he was in the form of God,
 did not regard equality with God
 as something to be exploited, but emptied himself,
 taking the form of a slave,
 being born in human likeness. 
And being found in human form, he humbled himself
 and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him
 and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus
 every knee should bend,
 in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess
 that Jesus Christ is Lord,
 to the glory of God the Father.”  —Philippians 2:6-11

This year’s art conceptualizes the beautiful mystery of God blending with creation. It is an abstract mixing of power and humility, order and chaos, light and dark. For me, “The Word Made Flesh” could also be described as “God Poured Out.” In Jesus, the grace of God poured into creation like a waterfall of sacrificial love. This Advent season let the mystery pour over you. Allow grace to mix with your life. May the unpredictable Word overflow in you heart.