Being made in the image of God means that despite our shortcomings, we are all capable of channeling and reflecting God's character and qualities to one another - God's joy, peace, wisdom and holiness.
by Alycia Bailey
The hand reaching down...represents God coming down to us despite our brokenness. The verse that makes up the hand is John 1:14.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
In His Image
by Tess Miller
My creativity and desire to create are gifts from God. The Lord is the greatest artist, and we are made in his image, and thus, we want to create too. This is the first painting I had done in a long time. The night I painted this I felt so full, so real, so at peace. And I think it was because I wasn't focused on what I was creating or why I was creating. I was just painting because I could, because God made me to paint, and to make, and to love beauty.
by Alycia Bailey
The clay piece is based off of [2 Corinthians] 12:9, and it has that verse repeated all over the surface. It shows a human in it's most desperate state, at their end and begging the Lord for help. This appears weak to the world, but despite our brokenness calling out to God is where our strength lies. The figure does not have a head because it's completely against human reason to think like this, but couldn't be more true.
by Alexa Wilson
The image of God is overwhelmingly present to me in the majesty of His creation. When the fog moved over the mountaintops, and Hurricane Ridge was revealed to me for the first time, my heart sang. It's a place where adventure and beauty are so alive and encompass you so entirely that you feel assured— assured that you played no role in it. There’s a humbling peace about simply observing how big and powerful our God is. It’s places like these, that are untouched by my hand that I feel lovingly confronted with the image of our Lord most fully.
by Wes Sumrall
Painting is always involved with the nature of light. As such, I have sought to polarize light; sinking and rising subtle variations with harsh instances of movement to instigate a contemplative narrative. Faith is deeply rooted in my paradigm; yet, there is empathetic relation towards the fragmented and poignant temporality of the material world in which we reside. Embracing the nuances of both realities, I find my work exiled between presence and future. My works instill an antinomy: a paradox illuminating adversity of perseverance, ambiguity, doubt, and the hope for “the Father of lights with whom there is no shadow or variation due to change.” (James 1:17)
White Teapot and Cup
by Gretchen Mull
I make functional objects that live in cupboards, on windowsills, and in hands and often feature simple designs and quiet glazes. My objects are about slowing down, being present, and making space for the beauty in the small repetitive moments of each day.
This teapot is meant for one person, an intimate experience to make space for dwelling and waiting. Just as Advent is a time of waiting, my intention for this teapot and cup is that it will invite a moment of quiet reflect for its user; reflection on this season, reflection on what it means to be still, reflection on what is to come.
by Laura Williams
Until recently, I had never thought much about the damage we do to the image of God. We were given the image of our creator, but in our sinful nature, it is marred and broken. But God, in his infinite wisdom and patience, continues to smooth the jagged edges and fill in the cracks. He restores, not by erasing our wounds and scars, but by making them beautiful. With this piece, I wanted to somehow represent that heavenly beauty in the midst of earthly chaos.
by Tess Miller
Advent is the season of expectant waiting, where we can take a moment to reflect on our need for a savior, and to celebrate the beginning of the Gospel story. God could have saved us in any way he dreamed, but he chose to display himself in the form of the ones he came to save. The Angel Gabriel brought the news of God's plan, Mary and Joseph faithfully obeyed, and the Magi came to worship the one true king.
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:10-14)
by Jordan Greene
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:15-20)
We are able to crystallize abstract ideas into concrete thoughts with the use words. God did the same by providing us scripture to us as an instrument to learn and from in Him. The words he provided illustrate His image, an image we are created in. Through Him we are able to live our lives out in His likeness and in true fullness. Through God alone are we complete.