What is God Carving?

carvingOver the last few years I’ve done lino or wood cuts for Lent. I do one for each Sunday then hang them in the sanctuary to give people something to think about on their pilgrimage. I enjoy the cutting, the designing and most of all thinking in negative space. Imagining the cuts on paper after they are inked. What will jump out, what will be highlighted what will not look like I had anticipated?

The Irish rocker Bono said, “Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff.”

Let’s be honest we are going to do some “stupid stuff.” The life we are cutting out isn’t always the way we planned, desired or wanted. Just like my small pieces of art. If I make a mistake with the knife the cut cannot be redone, it cannot be erased I can only accommodate, change the design, or even start over. But what a great picture of the believer’s life. Grace abounds! God is in control, others stand with you no matter what!

Lord while we are on the path allow us brief moments of catching a glimpse of You. And whenever another looks at the print of my life may they too catch a glimpse of Your marvelous grace. Amen.

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