The little naked souls found in medieval windows remind us that we brought nothing into this world and we will take nothing with us.
Who we are at our core is enough.
When it is time to meet God face to face, we will be aided by spiritual companions, like the angels in this image.
We will be welcomed by Christ as God both extends God’s hand to us (left hand above) and blesses us (right hand).
Lover of My Soul, thank you for the ways I can already feel you reaching towards me and blessing me. How wonderful it will be to know these experiences so much more fully when it is time.
Invitation to Prayer:
Imagine yourself as the little figure that is looking into God’s eyes. Can you feel the love as you are seen? Can you perceive the connection that both welcomes and blesses you? If so, rejoice with God. If not, ask for the possibility of knowing more of God’s love for you. Perhaps both are in order!
… we brought nothing into the world… we can take nothing out of it… 1 Timothy 6:6-7 NRSV
These images are of the welcoming of Mary Magdalene’s soul by Christ. They are at the top of the Mary Magdalene stained glass window at Chartres Cathedral in France (1205-15).
To Understand the Image Better
Soul of Mary Received in Heaven
Other Posts in this Series
Introduction: Life and Death
Passion & Resurrection Window: Talking about Death
Suffering; Hanging On Before Letting Go; Goodbye
John the Evangelist Window: Considering Our Lives; Possibilities in Times of Grief; Consider This!
Magdalene Window: The Many Faces of Mourning; Grieving, Then and Now; Water: In Life & Death; Resurrection; The Importance of A Face