This painting is about God’s love and grace extending across space and time.
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
– Luke 1:68-79
This painting refers to God as our source. He is the source of life and beauty, our source of peace and truth. From him flows righteousness, justice, steadfast love, faithfulness, and mercy. This source is a river that never runs dry, a light that endures forever.
The size of our universe is beyond comprehension. Yet there is an infinite God who is everywhere, one who created this vast universe and is also intimately close. This all-powerful, all-knowing omnipresent God is always sustaining, always near, always holding all things together.
“Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,’
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.”
“A voice cries: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.’”
How do we measure time? I spent a few hours one afternoon reading Wikipedia articles on man’s concept of time and it was quite fascinating. There are many who have put a lot of thought into this, and it is fun to think about such things sometimes. But I wonder if we are neglecting a more important aspect of time.
Every year we celebrate our birthday. We have lived one more year of life – or have we? What constitutes as life? Do we count how much life we have lived by our age, our accomplishments, our travels, our happiness, and how much others have admired and loved us? There is a saying to not count your life by years, but by friends, but I don’t think that is quite right either. Life is more than a popularity contest. So what is it? I think true life is about being in relationship with God and with one another.
This clock is about that fellowship, and it is a reminder for me to not count my life by hours, days, or years, but by love.
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