Tag Archive for: Art in the Christian Tradition

Haiku from the Heart.

Artist Wendy Bryant discusses her shift from professional artistry to spiritual creativity in retirement. She views entering her “heart studio” as a divine connection and symbol of trusting God.

Day 23. Provocative Humility.

“Provocative Humility,” a Christmas message by Mary Pandiani, discusses the intersection of provocation and humility evidenced in the story of Christmas. The piece emphasizes the impact and importance of humility, love, and understanding in human interactions.

Day 20. Waiting.

Cindy Waple’s Advent-themed prose explores the transition from waiting for (answers, change, healing) to waiting in (Christ, stillness, mystery, love).

Day 17. Remember Me.

Wendy Bryant’s workshop piece, “Remember Me”, explores finding strength in brokenness, likening communal healing to a mosaic. It emphasizes finding peace and hope through God’s grace amid trauma.

Day 15. Shepherds.

“Shepherds” is the first part of a trilogy by Kathleen Heppell, telling an embellished tale of how lowly shepherds, on receiving the news of Jesus’s birth by an angel, visit the stable to worship. Remaining joyful despite skepticism, they spread this divine news.

Day 12. Hanukkah, The Festival of Lights.

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah commemorates the Maccabean Revolt and the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. It is celebrated with family gatherings, gift-giving, and special foods. The main focus is the lighting of menorahs, reflecting the miracle of the oil lasting eight days.

Day 9. Light Within.

Mary Pandiani reflects on the essence of the Advent season and Christmas, illustrating it through the joy of a newborn baby. She emphasizes that God’s presence and gift of light are within everyone, a view supported by William Shannon.

Day 4. Arrival.

Christopher Ball reflects on anticipation, endurance, and faith for Advent Day 3.

Day 3. A Sweet Treat for You.

The post explores the tradition and significance of Advent calendars that count down the days until Christmas. Originated by German Lutherans, these calendars have evolved to include devotional readings or small gifts. The author relives her childhood enthusiasm for Advent calendars through daily contemplative writings on the ‘Here & Now’ blog.

Day 1. Advent Begins Today.

In her personal and spiritual journey, Karen Nelson navigates through grief and loneliness, finding solace in the Advent season. She explores how accepting grief can pave the way for joy and overall spiritual growth.