Friday, December 17, 2010

Advent 4.4 - The Shining Face of God

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Psalm 80:19

What would that look like, the shining face of God?

So many images come to mind.

Tonight I'm choosing this one ~ not even a very good image on the screen, but wonderful in the memory.

It's one of the rose windows of Chartres Cathedral, illuminated from the outside during one of the summer evening light shows. The lights don't even come on until about 10:00 p.m., because in the summer it doesn't get dark until that late.

And so you find yourself wandering the city at midnight, searching out buildings and lights, and then you head back to your hotel ,and there it is shining under the moon. Eight centuries of God's presence at that spot, and who knows how many before that?

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