Finding Our Rhythm – Christmas

The “Finding Our Rhythm in the Fullness of Time” project continues.

Here is my work-in-process for Christmas.

The first image is a watercolor created in September 2022 as I was reflecting on incarnation. As I painted I remembered this song, When Love Meets Dust by Alana Levandoski, especially this line…

“We are what happens when Love meets dust.”

As I’ve been listening and reading about the subject of time, one of the concepts that intrigues me is the local nature of time, existing around Earth like nowhere else in the universe.

Cole Arthur Riley in her book, This Here Flesh, writes about the love present when “God became a seamstress” for Eve and Adam, “to help them stand unashamed.” Influenced by her writing, I wonder about God swaddling Earth in rags of time like Mary swaddled the baby Jesus.

Below is the 16”x20” work, penned and soon-to-be painted.

Background: I’ve been working on a series of sketches and soon-to-be paintings inspired by the rhythm of the liturgical year for Valparaiso’s Institute of Liturgical Studies gathering next month (April 2023.)

The theme for the gathering is “Finding Our Rhythm in the Fullness of Time,” and I look forward to listening to the wisdom of guest speakers and participating in the gathering. More info about the event can be found here –

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