About a month ago Rebecca and I got to attend a retreat at Laity Lodge in Texas. The retreat was held for artists and pastors and focused on artists as caretakers of the imagination. The speakers were James K.A. Smith and David Taylor. Both of the speakers have been instrumental in my faith and the in way I want to live and express the love of Christ.
David shared about a piece of art his wife Phaedra created for their church in North Carolina. She painted prayers on two large panels that were to be hung at the front of their sanctuary. After painting prayers on the panels, she covered them with multiple layers of paint. One of the messages of the work was that there are prayers being said for the people of the church by the pastors, members, and Jesus himself. The prayers can't be seen, but we know they are being sent.
With that concept in our minds, Rebecca and I attempted an art project with our kids this Lent. We wanted to have a piece that communicated the mystery of faith to our family. We bought a 1x4 board and had it cut into four pieces. We had the boys draw pictures of stories from the Bible on each of the boards. The stories corresponded with events that always take place during specific seasons of the Christian year. We bought a sample size of paint in four liturgical colors (purple for Advent and Lent, green for ordinary time; Epiphany and Pentecost, red for Holy Week and various other days, and white for Easter, Christmas, and Trinity Sunday). After writing some verses and prayers on the boards along with the stories, we covered each of the boards in the color of the liturgical seasons represented in the stories. We're planning on hanging the wooden boards in our family room. The last part of the piece is a palm branch from the Palm Sunday worship service that is folded into the shape of a cross. We're going to move the cross from board to board as each liturgical season comes and goes.
Here are a few pictures from the project. The boys loved it and it was pretty easy (even for their artistically challenged parents).