Thursday, February 27, 2020

Lenten 2020- The Journey Begins

The permission page for my 
Lent Visual Faith journey this year.
Junk mail and paper scraps.
I loved this theme-
fix your Eyes on Jesus.
This will be my walk this season.
I am using this book for Lent this year.
 Visual Faith Ministry was blessed to have teamed for this collaborative effort with Rev. Justin Rossow.
Their input included creative vision, art and support in the experiments for an interactive learning experience.
No right or wrong way to interact or process.
That is a wonderful open door for people.
It uses familiar hymns 
and newer music from song writer Kip Fox.

It is the #1 new release on Amazon this past week-
in Christian Devotional and a few other categories.
Not too late to join the journey if you want to join in!

There is also a Facebook 
Pop-Up Group to join to be in Community.
Here is the Link to Join:
Lent POP UP Group- FB

May your Lenten walk be a blessing
 to you and your family!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Worship into the Week- My Beloved Son

 Worship into the Week-
Matthew 17: 1-13
The Transfiguration

Time for the Glory of Jesus to be revealed.
 It would take a HIGH place to encompass this-
 the height of His ministry. 
My personal connection for this is Mt. Hermon-
 the highest mountain in Israel. 
(the local tradition in Mt. Tabor)
The proximity of Mt. Hermon 
to the previous story in Caesarea Philippi- 
makes sense. 
It would take a few days to travel
 to the top from there.
The disciples are trying to put all of this together.
Probably fits into their
"wildest trips" category for a Jewish man-
Moses, Elijah and Jesus- together.
No wonder they fell to the ground.
 Jesus reached out and said-
"Rise and have no fear."
Just as He does for us every day.
His Glory transcends anything 
that is an obstacle in your life- dear child.
And the voice of the heavenly Father
 breaks forth from the heavens.
"This is my Beloved Son, 
with whom I am well-pleased;
listen to Him."
We heard these words 
at the baptism of Jesus.
 (Matthew 3:17)
The Father's affirmation 
of the divine nature of His son.
Our profession of faith in Jesus Christ
 begins our transformational journey.
May this be a blessing as we contemplate 
our sanctified state in heaven someday.
                                                                                                                                                      1-2020 photo- John Denninger
This is a photo of Mount Hermon
 on our latest trip to Israel.
This is from the base of the Ski area-
it shows how the clouds settle down 
and you can't even see the top of the mountain.
Visual Faith Church Year
Junk mail
Magazine cutouts
Fin-point Sharpie pen
Colored pencils

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Loretto Chapel- Santa Fe

Loretto Chapel- Santa Fe  
is a former Roman Catholic Church
 that is now a museum and wedding chapel.
It is know for the unusual
 helix-shaped spiral staircase-
the "Miraculous Stair". 
Popular lore states that the Sisters of Loretto
 credited St. Joseph with its construction.
There is no center support in the stairs 
that rise 20 feet to the choir loft while making 2 full turns. 
The wooden staircase is held together with wooden pegs
 and glue and no nails or other hardware. 
The wood is a type of spruce,
not native to New Mexico  
It was built between 1877 and 1881 
and the handrails were added in 1887.
Modern day woodworkers acknowledge
 the remarkable feat of workmanship done
 with crude hand tools,
 no electricity and minimal resources. 
Even the mathematic theory for the execution was difficult.

The untimely death of the architect in 1879,
might account for the challenge
 of a choir loft and no stairs.  
 According to "legend",  the Sisters of Loretto 
prayed for a solution and a mysterious stranger appeared.
 He offered to build the staircase, labored and then left. 
In the early 2000's a historian identified
 the probable builder of the staircase as 
Francois-Jean "Frank" or "Frenchy" Rochas- 1843-1894. 
He was a reclusive rancher and occasional carpenter 
who came to New Mexico from France in the 1870's. 
A newpsaper article published after his murder in 1895,
 credited him as the expert builder 
of the staircase in the Loretto Chapel. 
She also found a notation in a logbook
 for the sisters of $150 for wood in 1881. 

Regardless of the "story", the Chapel
 is a lovely place to sit, meditate and
listen to music.
The windows and finishings are lovely.
It is a sacred place to pray, and listen.
Even though it is favorite spot
 for tourists in New Mexico,
 it retains the "presence of the divine."
Come, Lord Jesus.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Worship into the Week-Reconciled

Worship in the Week-
First Be Reconciled
Matthew 5: 21-24
 Psalm 119: 2, 7

Relationships are the foundation  
for family, work and community.
In all things we must be reconciled.
There must be the coming together of heart.
Each person is precious and even hurtful thoughts-
"murder" the Person.
God wants us to live in the realm of reconciliation.
This is the rock bottom foundation for ministry.
Jesus has paid the price that gives us
 this gift to offer everyone.
We have so many blessings-
and this great invitation calls us
 to SEEK HIM with our whole heart.

Junk Mail
Magazine Cutouts
Colored Pencils 
 Fine-point Sharpie pen

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Georgia O'Keefe Museum

 Sante Fe, New Mexico is home 
to the Georgia O'Keefe Museum.
Sharing some of the favorites
 from my visit there.

 Untitled- Vase of Flowers
Watercolor paper

The Black Iris, 1926
Oil on Canvas

Petunia No. 2, 1924
Oil on Canvas

Autumn Trees-
The Maples, 1924
Oil on Canvas
 Winter Cottonwoods, East V, 1954
Oil on Canvas

 Mesa and Road East, 1952
Oil on Canvas
  Untitled- Red and Yellow Cliffs, 1940
Oil on Canvas

 Ram's Head , blue Morning glory, 1938
Oil on Canvas

 View through a bone hole.
Georgia developed a keen sense of view.

  From the River, Pale, 1959
Oil on Canvas
  Untitled- Hibiscus, 1939  
Oil on canvas
Georgia Totto O'Keefe
Nov. 15,1887- March 6, 1986
Best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, 
New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes.
Recognized as the "Mother of American modernism."
She attended the Art Institute of Chicago a
nd Art League of New York but didn't graduate.
She worked as an illustrator and then taught in Virginia, Texas 
and South Carolina from 1911-1918.
She then began to study watercolor
 at the University of Virginia 
 and then was led to abstract charcoals.
This caught the eye of Alfred Stieglitz, 
and art dealer and photographer 
who became her husband in 1924.
She continued to teach 
and studied at Columbia University in 1914-1915.
O'Keefe and Stieglitz lived together in New York
 until 1929,
when she began to spend part
 of the year in the the Southwest. 
The vistas greatly influenced her paintings.  
She lived in Abiquiu, 
until she moved to Santa Fe in her laster years. 
 In 2014, her 1932 painting - 
Jimson Weed sold for $44,405,000,
 more that that three times the previous 
world auction record for any female artist. 
The Museum in Santa Fe was established after her death.
                                                                 (Wikipedia summary)
The museum was undergoing a major project
 of photographing her work.
 So some artwork was missing on the day of our visit.
All lines and shadows are due to my 
camera, skill and the gallery lighting. 

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Worship into the Week-Shine

Worship into the Week
Matthew 5- 1-16
The Beatitudes
Salt and Light
 Isaiah 58

Time to shine in this world.
That the Glory might be given to our Father.

Visual Church Year Project
Prisma Color pencils
junk mail
magazine cutouts
Fine-point Sharpie pen

Friday, February 14, 2020

Levi is FOUR

This is our dino loving 
birthday cake smudge face Levi.
Wearing his birthday crown from preschool.
Celebrating his February 8 birthday.
Birthdays can be very serious business.
 With Auntie Kristin
Waiting with dad for the cake surprise.

Dinos on my cake- Yes!!!
Brother Isaiah loved the dinosaurs
 with frosting on them.
And brother Jonah 
just loved the cardboard boxes.
 New toys- 
fun things and on to the next year!
Concentrating on a building project.

Dear God, we pray for Levi
 to have a wonderful new year.
You are such a blessing as a gentle, 
sweet, curious young man.
May the Lord gift you with all grace
 and His good gifts. Amen.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Kursi- Israel Pilgrimage

Kursi in the Golan Heights
                                    is an archaeological site 
containing the ruins of a Byzantine monastery 
and identified as the site 
of Jesus' Miracle of the Swine.
The site is now a National Park. 
Kursi lay unknown for many centuries until pieces 
of Byzantine pottery were noticed
 in the trail of a bulldozer constructing
 a new road to the Golan Heights in 1970.
They also found an ancient fishing
 harbor with a breakwater.
This is the largest known Byzantine 
monastery complex in Israel, 
it has been partially reconstructed.
Kursi was an important place of 
Christian pilgrimage    
from the 5th century, 
when the lakeside towns of 
Capernaum, Bethsaida and Chorazin
 all three condemned by Jesus for their lack of faith —
 had fallen into decline.
Different Gospel manuscripts offer conflicting names 
 for the area in which the miracle took place —
 the country of the Gadarenes,
 Gerasenes, or Gergesenes.
What is certain is that the location
 was in gentile territory. 
Because Jewish dietary laws forbid 
the eating of pork, 
no Jew would have been raising pigs.
The Baptistry in the church.
 An ancient olive press gives a clue 
what the monastery sold 
to establish commerce and trade. 
The floor of the church was paved with mosaics 
 depicting animal and plant life: Roosters, geese, 
doves, cormorants, fish, grapes, figs, pomegranates, watermelon and bananas.
When the monastery was abandoned in the early 8th century 
 after being damaged by fire and earthquake, 
and invaded by Persians and Muslims —
 it was used by local Arabs to live in and house their animals.
At that time all of the animal mosaics 
were obliterated to comply with 
the Islamic prohibition against 
human or animal representations.
 The view on the East side
 of the Sea of Galilee.
Near the waterfront is now covered farming.
 The landscape on the the land side -
 East side of the Sea of Galilee.
Three  Gospels tell the story: Jesus steps out 
of a boat after crossing the lake 
and is confronted by a man possessed by demons.  
When Jesus orders the demons to leave the man,
 they beg to be allowed to enter
 a herd of swine grazing nearby. 
Jesus agrees, and the swine — numbering about 2000 — 
rush down a bank into the water and are drowned. 
(Luke 8:26-39; Mark 5:1-20; Matthew 8:28-34)
The dismayed swineherds run off to spread the news. 
 They are in big trouble for loosing the whole livelihood. 
 The local people ask Jesus to leave their neighborhood. 
The healed man begs to go with Jesus — 
but Jesus tells him to go home
 and tell his friends what has happened.
“And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis 
(probably nearby Hippos or Sausita) 
how much Jesus had done for him; 
and everyone was amazed” (Mark 5:20). 
So this gentile man becomes the first person
 commissioned by Jesus to spread
 the Good News to non-Jews.
The hills were lush and green
 on our visit here.
Various caves can be seen in the area
 that connect with the Biblical story.
Kursi is about 4 miles  
North from Ein Gev on Route 92.