Monday, November 9, 2009

Stained Glass

Dr. Havens reminded our Lutheran Confessions class that churches and cathedrals of the Middle Ages used stained glass as a means of telling the stories of Jesus, the good news of the Gospel. Folks of that time couldn't read Scripture and needed the "picture version" of the stories of Jesus. So we were each required to share a "stained glass" from our lives. Over the semester we as a class saw paintings and photos, we heard poetry and remembrances, there were dances and stagings. Some of these we understood and some we didn't and these understandings varied among us. Yet, we each have a way of reflecting and expressing Jesus living in us and Jesus living in our worlds.

That seems to me to be how the Church is today. During a recent Bible Study we considered the stained glass of the Church today. Through what method or medium do we as the Church depict and proclaim the good news. Picnic tables sharing food and laughs, face-to-face and eye-to-eye contacts, all of this built on relationships.

Companions. Those who share bread.

Thanks be to God for the holy bread of Christ.

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