In these very troubled times, it is easy to understand God’s discouragement with humanity. I am grateful that God has never been so disheartened as to give up.
God, help me to find ways to make a positive difference in this world so marked by violence, hate, and injustice. Help me to have the courage to uproot my own desires that work against Yours.
The flood continued forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters swelled and increased greatly on the earth; and the ark floated on the face of the waters. The waters swelled so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered; the waters swelled above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. Genesis 7:17-20
Invitation to Pray:
As you pray for the families and loved ones of those murdered in recent violence, what other prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Gaze at the image below and let it shape your prayers as well.
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 middle section of the window, in the seventh row from the bottom.
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
7. The Animals Arrive