“If you’re getting overwhelmed by life, just return to the immediate present moment and savour all that is beautiful and comforting. Take a deep breath, relax.” ~ unknown
At the invitation of my friend Gail Kennedy, I attended, albeit late, Sunday services at Central Christian Church in downtown Lexington this morning. I was immediately taken with the contemporary appearance of the stained glass window behind the chancel called “God at Work in the World.” It is unlike any stained glass window I’ve seen with a Christian motif. Its colors are quite literally a rainbow (upon which Jesus stands) and the depictions much more modern than the traditional stained glass storyboard. Gail loaned me a wonderful booklet detailing the prodigious symbology throughout the church, including a description of this window. The top section is a rose, the center of which is God, and each petal represents God’s work in the world. The lower panes depict God made human through Jesus and the many works he represents. I was most especially moved by the lower left panels showing the hungry being fed; the thirty given water; the Good Samaritan.
What the booklet doesn’t tell me, and what I was unable to find in any online resources, is when the window was installed and who the artist was. I would love to know both. In the meantime, I intend to go back to Central Christian for another service (hopefully on time). I’m grateful to Gail for the service invitation, and the hour-long tour afterward. I look forward to more great conversation with her about the church, spiritual journeys, and art.