Far or Near?

Some imagine that God is far away. Sculptors and theologians of the thirteenth century in Chartres emphasized the nearness of God. They placed statues of Jesus not only on pinnacles rising from the cathedral, but also on the porches, close to the people who came to the church.

My prayer response:

Christ, thank You for the moments when I sense Your closeness. Love, Jill

Biblical touchstones:

  • …proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ [Jesus’ instructions to his disciples.] Matthew 10: 7
  • Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, do not be far from me… Psalm 38:21
  • So [the prodigal son] set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20

Invitation to prayer:
What prayers are emerging from your heart, mind, and body? Pray them now. Let them lead you where you need to go.

South Porch and Rose

Photos: The Beautiful Christ: Jesus, The Teacher, holding the Book of Life that seems to touch his heart. Thirteenth century statue on the central pillar of the central bay on the south porch at the Chartres Cathedral in France.

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