Good Morning, God!
Stained glass makes me think of You, God. Maybe it’s all the stained glass window in the Episcopal churches of my childhood? Or maybe it is just that LIGHT puts me in mind of You?
So, what could be more wonderful than this huge stained glass mural entitled Aloha Ke Akua — God is Love. This creation — plus its other half — is on the top floor of 15 Craigside Retirement Residence. It is glorious God! I want to go back and photography it again . . . panel by panel. And let Your Light shine through it and on to me.
Now that I am back in the Creative World . . . even if it is in the shallow end . . . I find that my appreciation of the creative process has quintupled! First comes the opening of the senses to possibilities and then there is the working and reworking of the initial vision. So many layers, God, so many layers!
In my small world of Found Art, I love it that someone else has hammered the metal — textured it and even punched holes in it. That “scrap” of metal comes with layers already done for me. The much younger students in our class are busy turning out perfect objects. No scratches, mars or marks — shiny and flawless. I, meanwhile, am hunting in the scrap bin for hammered, dented and discolored pieces. Pieces with character.
The concept of layering, or maybe the appreciation of layers, seems to carry over into Life, God.
The longer we know someone — the more we have shared together — the more layers there are to our friendship. And, God, if this is true for friends — how much more for families.
I’m smiling, God. I’m hoping, You too, like working with the “hammered and dented.”
You could think of these layers as containing layers of “mana” from each handler, as well.