Here's a proposal for a ceramic mosaic installation at New Life Lutheran in Shoreview, MN. The imagery refers to Isaiah's prophecy of a "shoot from the stump of Jesse". It is an image of quiet victory in the very place of crushing defeat. In the following passage, we get a glimpse of heavenly peace. Where there once was sadness and conflict, there is a new beginning of peace and growth.
I believe this is an appropriate, scriptural image for a church named "New Life". Just as one can find oneself in Jesus' parables, the image of the shoot from the stump speaks to us personally as we wrestle with sin and are given free grace. The image has a friendly demeanor and offers a deeper understanding with further contemplation. It is both the horrible consequences of sin and God's beautiful solution. Hope emerging from despair...
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." -Romans 6:23
Isaiah 11:1-10New International Version (NIV)The Branch From Jesse
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat,the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.
Some process images shown below: First I drew a stump and shoot with a brush. Then overlayed tracing paper to paint corresponding "tiles" with white paint. The tracing paper was digitally scanned with dark paper behind it. I was able to make a selection of the "tile" marks in Photoshop and then alter colors and "grout".
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