A picture of Worry
We were sipping coffee outside at D'Angelo's this morning, trying to figure out how to make an altar-piece that told the story of Jesus' call for us to "not worry" in Matthew 6:25. I gave Martha and Jeanne the image in my head of all the tangles of worries that can distract and clutter our lives and the high contrast between the many worries and the focussed seeking of the Kingdom of God.
Well that was all it took as they brainstormed colors and textures, objects and images. I had to get back to church for a meeting and when I got out after noon, the two women were in the parking lot and asked me to go take a look and tell them if it was OK. OK? It was great! When I took this picture the light was reflecting in from the stained glass windows, making the branches all the more distracting and bright. Worries are that way, bright, attention-getting and even allluring. But there, nestled in the chaos is a tight nest holding eggs securely. They pictured the Kingdom of God in the midst of the mess.
Now, if I can just preach it as well as they picture it!