Like the creators of the medieval stained glass windows we often “read” our lives from the ground level up*. The five images of carpenters at the bottom of the Noah window remind me of how sacred my work is–even when it feels very mundane.
Help me to value everything I do. May I experience it all as “holy.”
The carpenter stretches a line, marks it out with a stylus, fashions it with planes, and marks it with a compass… Isaiah 44:13
Is Jesus not the carpenter’s son? Matthew 13:55 (NRSV)
Invitation to Pray:
Consider the “work” you have done today. Now re-consider the parts that didn’t seem particularly “holy,” imagining them as offerings to God. As you do, what prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.
The thirteenth century stained glass window (1205-1215) which relates the stories from Genesis 6-9 about Noah and his family. It is the westernmost window in the north side aisle at the Chartres Cathedral in France. The five images of donors are on the bottom of the window–two small images in the small squares in the corners and the three images that span the lowest level.
*One reads most medieval stained glass windows from bottom to top and left to right.
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