May 3


Paul is continuing his sermon series on the stained glass at Granite Falls Lutheran. Today’s window was the story of Cain and Abel. One of the phrases Paul said that caught my attention was “God turns,” likely attractive because we began with the hymn, “Canticle of the Turning.”

“If I hope to find You
I need to let go
of all I think I need
to know, turning
from what I desire
to become the
emptiness You
can not resist.”
—Meister Eckhart

To everything, turn, turn, turn…


“Two things happen in any loving relationship. First, a new being—the relationship—is born with its own unique potentials and purpose. Second, the relationship—this new being—enhances and develops the individuals within it, each with their own unique potentials and purpose. Both effects, when recognized and developed, foster evolution. . . .” ~Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation


I had a bit of a revelation for the summer class I’m teaching at the Guild to include a day of learning how to create series designs like these.

One of the designs included here was the theme for the 2016 Greater Milwaukee Synod Assembly. You can see that the five individual panels make up the whole; the same is true for the other design.

I’ve done a number of Advent and Lenten images like this, as liturgical seasons lend themselves well to weekly themes that are part of a bigger story. I have greatly loved the practice of dwelling in such themes, processing what the Spirit wants to communicate through the creative process, and producing an image which sometimes helps others practice their own co-creating and reflecting.


a little pondering lately about the road ahead at the Grunewald Guild… and grateful you are somehow connected to the journey, too


abide in the Source …. and relax into the no-matter-what rhythms of grace


Peace be with you today.

“Seven Years of Wonder” is a daily look back at my creative journaling posts since 2014. I began this journey on Feb. 11, 2021, and hope to continue through Feb. 10, 2022. What am I learning about my art and faith journey thus far? What has remained constant? Where have I been changed? How is this impacting present and future art-making?

A deep bow of gratitude to you for keeping me company on this journey.

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