The Mystery of Ecclesiastic Art Glass
SUNDAY MORNING, a youth
fidgets in the cold, hard pew. He stares off into space as a flickering beam of
deep mysterious light penetrates his consciousness. Thoughts of heaven and
hell, mixed with flashes of divine illumination, filter through his mind.
Momentarily his attention is drawn to the stained glass window of Christ
praying in the garden at Gethsemane. The sunlight is transformed as it
penetrates the stained glass to heighten the look of fresh innocence and
eternal love on the face of Christ.
The young mans
attention shifts to the window of Christ as a young boy standing in the temple
before his inquisitors. The anguished expressions on the faces of the
Rabbis suggest they are uncertain how to react. Trapped by convention
they are left with no alternative except to issue a proclamation of
"blasphemy" even as they stare into the eyes of God manifest in
The Good Shepherd window
now petitions the boy in a whole new and different way. He begins to understand
that all life is infinitely more valuable than the most precious of diamonds
and now with the assistance of sunlight filtered through the colored glass he
is able to witness the manifestation of God's eternal love from within the Son
of a common carpenter.
And over there near the
back of the church, why hadnt he noticed the Noahs Ark window
before? Again, as in time immemorial, the seed of faith is planted. Will the
ground be fertile or barren? Hope springs eternal as the dove returns to the
ark with a sprouted olive branch symbolizing that the love of God shines again
For the boy sitting in the
pew on this Sunday morning his thoughts are lost in these painted images of God
and man. His experience is not about the art of stained glass, rather it is
about how the light passes through the glass to transform the images in his
minds eye. Ultimately the message will penetrate into the heart and soul of
this inquisitive child. Continued
Christ in Gethsemane, window designed for the First
Presbyterian Church in DeLand, Florida.
Jesus in the Temple, window designed for the First Presbyterian Church in
The Good Shepherd, window designed for the First Presbyterian Church in DeLand,
Noahs Ark window designed for the First Presbyterian Church in DeLand,
|Hope springs eternal as the love of God shines again on
Earth. Concentrated drops of mankind's individual love trickle into the ocean
of God's love, washing against the shores of time, manifest as pure potential
waiting for the bather. - R.B.