This Lent, First Christian Church has been blessed with an exhibit by artist Carolyn DiGiovanni called “The Journey to the Cross.” Today, we continue to explore this exhibit by looking at another of DiGiovanni’s crosses–this one hanging from our pulpit in our sanctuary. This cross is called The Message of the Cross. Here is the cross and its corresponding meditation:
This spare cross hints at the figure of Christ and shows the outline of his crown of thorns. It is an unadorned image of the work that was done–spare, almost, even though the style of painting leads your mind to fill in the gaps and envision Christ there. The message of the cross is a difficult one for our world to understand. It is a message of God’s weakness standing up to human power. It is a message of deep love in the face of torment and attack. It is a message of forgiveness that is undeserved and unearned. Faced with this kind of message, there is no room for bragging. As this cross is colorless and almost blank, except for the hint of a man on it, the paring down of the moment leads us to think about the essence of this gift God has given. All we have left to offer is the humble acceptance of a love that is beyond our ability to return it fully.
“See from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down. Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?” Amen.
Verse taken from Chalice Hymn #195 “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross,” by Isaac Watts. Artist Carolyn DiGiovanni’s crosses will be on exhibit through March 25th, 2018 in the sanctuary of First Christian Church, Charlotte.
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