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Thursday, August 24, 2017

In the Cross

What a privilege on Monday, August 21, 2017, to have been right on the path of the total solar eclipse that crossed our country. Some of the family camped out then spent the day at the pond to take in the once in a lifetime (where we live) event. Others drove half an hour north where the time of totality was about a minute longer. The view through the special viewing glasses as the moon passed in front of the sun was spectacular. Then as it came to the point of being exactly in front of the sun we were able to take off the glasses for those fast couple of minutes for the awe inspiring sight, including a 360ยบ sunset!

I heard of one person who was fearful of the event, thinking Jesus would return that day. Oh, my heart breaks to hear of anyone who is afraid of that. For anyone who has accepted Christ as their Savior, his return is something to look forward to rather than to fear.

For Scribble Picnic this week we were to "Fill in the Blank" by starting with a box with an X in it. I considered a quilt or a barn door, but settled on a stained glass window. Enjoyed using a permanent black marker, watercolor pencils, and an "Aquash" water brush for this. Links to other "X in a box" drawings can be found here.

Verse 1:
Jesus, keep me near the cross; 
there a precious fountain, 
free to all, a healing stream, 
flows from Calvary's mountain. 
Refrain: 
In the cross, in the cross, 
be my glory ever, 
till my raptured soul shall find
rest beyond the river.
"Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross" was written by Fanny Crosby (1820-1915) long ago, but her words in this and myriad other hymns she wrote continue to express the beliefs of Christians over the years.

14 comments:

  1. I didn't see the cross at first. this is like those church windows with the many-colored squares. lovely take on the x theme.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. Yes, it is a church stained glass window.
      You have a good day, too, Lissa.

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  2. Lovely work Jolene. Thanks for sharing your eclipse experience, totality no less!

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    1. Thank you, Christine!
      I wish everyone could experience a total solar eclipse at least once!

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  3. Sadly where I live was overcast so we didn't get to see anything but the TV version of the eclipse. You were indeed blessed to have such an experience. Your stain glass window is in keeping with the spirituality of the eclipse ... it is lovely.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Thank you, Andrea! Long before Eclipse Day I had wondered what the weather would be like. Sorry you had to miss it. What part of the country are you in? We're in northeast Kansas.

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  4. Jolene, I think this would work well as a window or quilt and i love the colours! Of course, as a stained glass window, it would illuminate, making it that much more special. And a great tie in to the eclipse! We didn't go anywhere to see it but even so, one could see the eclipse within shadows which was odd and merchants handed out glasses so I never saw it when fully eclipsed but did see in almost there. As it was, the first imte I looked at about half way, it was exciting, after that though I lost interest. More fun watching others watching! Ha. I never heard anyone online say they though Christ was coming back though, must say, but some have said it's a "warning" but of course we have another in 7 years. As it is, I think the world will get a lot darker before anythign that apocalyptic happens!
    Thank you for the art piece-- a good interpretation indeed.

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    1. Thanks, Michael. I would have added at least part of a church building to make it more definitely a window, but barely squeaked this one in on time as it is. Enjoyed using the watercolor brush, but it did take some time!
      Glad you got in on part of the eclipse anyway. Yes, the people were fun to watch. They came from all parts of the country for the experience. It was such a refreshing event, almost like a huge party with everyone enjoying the same thing! We know Jesus will come back, but as he tells us, no one knows when that will be; we just need to be ready (accept him for who he is and what he did for us) when he does return!
      I'd best start looking for something curly, so as not to be finishing so last minute next week.

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  5. I also see a stain glass window in this and it is lovely. It was fun to hear of your eclipse experience.

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    1. Thank you, Tammie. I wish I'd have had time to put at least the wall of a church building around the stained glass window.

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  6. Jolene, that is a beautiful stained glass window. Wonderful colors and it sure made great use of the special shape. I'm glad for you that you got to see the eclipse in totality. We weren't in that path, only about 72% and it was cloudy and I had no special glasses so I made a pinhole camera. I would have flunked science though because my pinhole was too big and it didn't work right. But I peaked as a cloud passed over and it was barely visible. I heard people that morning talking of an apocalypse but shrugged it off. It was one of God's miracles though.

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    1. Thanks, Lorraine. I did the pinhole thing too, and like you made the first one too big. The tiny one worked though! The eclipse was another example of God's perfect attention to detail in creation.

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  7. Lovely stained glass window, Jolene! Great that you saw the eclipse!

    We didn't get to see it here in Australia. Our last total eclipse was back in 2012 but it was only visible in the northern parts of Queensland. Our next total eclipse will be 2028. I might be lucky enough to see that one. :)

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    1. Thank you, Serena! I hope you get to see the one in 2028!

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