Mondays are for gratitude…counting to 1000 and beyond…
154. My dissertation proposal, The Role of Prayer in Academic Theological Education, was approved. After 5 years, I am finally at the stage where I’m free to go anywhere (almost) and write. Hopefully, I will graduate next May.
155. And the decision is…Seattle. After months of wrestling and taking steps forward to move to Texas (where my parents live), I decided that the place for intensive writing is with my church and community of 17 years, where I will have more freedom to get around, be near close friends who will pull me out of my writing cave, and where I will not melt in desert heat. It was a very hard decision, one I am thankful to have finally made.
156. A lovely day in Salem with friends.
157. A new tree for my collection.
158. A delicious Easter brunch with friends.
159. Spring has come to Boston.
160. Continued gratitude for healing of migraines, insomnia, and a majority of my anxiety. Who would have thought they were all connected. It feels like a new life.
161. Mary Magdalene, the first person who brought news of Christ’s resurrection.
162. Resurrection before my eyes. I came home and found my tulips drooping over their vase and gave them water. Within an hour, they perked up again. Grateful for living water when I am like a thirsty plant.
162. A quiet morning, listening to the birds greet Easter Monday.
The women stayed at the cross.
They were the first at the tomb.
They were the first to see the Risen Christ,
the first to tell of resurrection,
apostle to the apostles:
“Go tell the disciples and Peter…”
A woman’s voice first proclaimed the amazing, wondrous good news:
He is risen!
As I contemplated what to post for such a day as this, I decided that art for personal meditation might be best. Below are some of my own drawings and those of one of my favorite artists, Sieger Köder.
- Double Annunciation by Susan Forshey, 2001 (detail)
I often read the biblical stories as time-bending narratives. “Double Annunciation” connects the annunciation of Jesus’ birth with Jesus giving John to Mary as her son at the foot of the cross. Young Mary gives the lily, a frequent symbol of the angelic greeting, to Older Mary, who receives it while in John’s arms. The foreground drawing itself is a magnification of the distant crosses on the hill–distant to us in time, but not in heart.
- Double Annunciation by Susan Forshey, 2001.
Good Friday is not simply about the crucifixion but also the healing that somehow, mysteriously, comes through the life-death-resurrection of Jesus to each of us. Below is another time-and-distance-bending drawing depicting a woman in the modern world gazing out of her hospital window at Jesus healing the woman with the issue of blood, and receiving healing herself. The hill of crosses stands in the distance.
- Hope by Susan Forshey, 2003.
Finally, four paintings by one of my favorite artists, Sieger Köder, a Catholic priest, known as a “preacher with pictures”. In many of Köder’s paintings, Jesus’ face is shown only in reflection on wine or water.
- Last Supper by Sieger Köder
- Washing of Feet by Sieger Köder
- Jesus and Simon the Cyrene by Sieger Köder
- Crucifixion by Sieger Köder
With you at the foot of the cross,