What Is Going On? The Noah Window at Chartres (11)

When we find ourselves in the midst of new situations that don’t make complete sense, we have to figure out ways to test the waters. Noah did it with a dove, in these unsettled times we need to find our own solutions.

Noah releases a dove by Jill K H Geoffrion
The dove in Noah’s hand

My Prayer

God, for wisdom and an ability to respond appropriately, I pray.

Scriptural Touchstone

Noah releases a dove by Jill K H Geoffrion
The ark floating on the waters. Noah’s hand and the dove are visible on the top.

 At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent out the raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Then he sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground; but the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took it and brought it into the ark with him.  Genesis 8:6-9 (NRSV)

Invitation to Pray:

What are you unsure about? As you sense this in your head, heart, and other parts of your body, what prayers are forming? Pray them now.


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 fourth central diamond 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
7. The Animals Arrive
8. Noah’s Ark Floating on the Waters
9. The Victims
10. More Victims

Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving as a contemplative Christian 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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