The Animals Arriving: The Noah Window at Chartres (7)

I recently read an article in National Geographic about a man who is photographing as many of the animal species on our planet as possible. With a world so full variety, why do I sometimes find it so hard to accept people who are different?

The animals arriving at Noah's Ark by Jill K H Geoffrion
Animals arriving at the ark

My Prayer

Creative One, may I see and appreciate the beauty in each person and living being that I encounter.

The animals arriving at Noah's Ark by Jill K H Geoffrion
Birds, camels, and wild boars

 

Scriptural Touchstone: 

Of every living thing, of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground according to its kind, two of every kind shall come in to you, to keep them alive. Also take with you every kind of food that is eaten, and store it up; and it shall serve as food for you and for them.” Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him. Genesis 6:19-22 (NRSV)

The animals arriving at Noah's Ark by Jill K H Geoffrion
Birds, horses, unidentifiable animals, and mountain sheep

Invitation to Pray:

When is it hardest to appreciate someone who is different? What prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.

The animals arriving at Noah's Ark by Jill K H Geoffrion
Birds, lions, elephants, kangaroos , dogs, and unknown animals

 

Photos:

The thirteenth century stained glass window (1205-1215) which relates the stories from Genesis 6-9 about Noah, his family, and the flood. It is the westernmost window in the north side aisle at the Chartres Cathedral in France. The images in this post are found in the six and seventh rows from the bottom.

Noah Window at Chartres by Jill K H Geoffrion

Previous Posts in this Series:

1. Introducing the Noah Window at Chartres
2. The Noah Window at Chartres: Donors
3. The Noah Window: Sons of God, daughters of humans and Nephilim
4. God Speaking to Noah
5. Noah’s Family
6. Doing What God Commands

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Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving Christ as a contemplative minister and artist by compassionately and creatively inspiring others to seek a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful life of service.

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