Tag Archives: light

Lent 29

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A pearl is all swirling softness, nacreous light. Where does it belong? Will you try to flatten or mould it, bending it out of shape until it shatters, like an ugly sister forcing on a glass slipper? Or will you allow it to have its curves and its lunar mimicry, and listen to its wisdom song of beauty made from irritants and toxins?

Art and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2018

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Lent 16

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Translucence may be the next stage in the life of a pearl. For this oh too solid flesh to melt and prise itself apart so that beams and rays might travel through it, lighting all things up and calling everything sacred.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2018

Lent 15

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Your glow is what transfigures you. Not the dull earth below, which is your substance, your normality, your humility, but the light that finds you. For it is not for you to shine, small lifeless orb, dull creature, but yours to be shone upon. And the light that finds you, loves you, and stays with you, riding above your self like lustre in orbit, a soft swirling snowstorm of grace, holding you beyond touch.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2018

141. Heavenly (Light conclusions)

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Everything is illuminated. This becomes more obvious to those with eyes to see, by the presence of the Light of the World. The light within creation and scripture rises up to greet with a kiss, his living presence within us. We can only witness this if we are truly paying attention. Light everywhere teaches us about the reflection of the divine nature contained within all created things and beings, and shows us that almost anything can be deemed beautiful.

The interplay of shadows and light, of dark and bright, of colour and shade, is a divine dance all around us. Delineation keeps us from wandering out of the cosmos of experience entirely, and holds all things in place. Sometimes the light dazzles, creates awe and splendour, other times it is subtle and soft. But always it enables a deeper seeing.

Next, we shall be looking at the way aesthetics enables our spiritual sight.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

140. Indoor Rainbow (Light 13)

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God’s promises hold fast indoors as well as in the heavens, and his spectrum of love is both clearly divisible into the named colours we are so familiar with, and yet so full of nuances and gradation, that all of the wavelengths are inseparably necessary in creating the whole.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

139. Bands of Cloud (Light 12)

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Sometimes the delineation we spoke of the other day is very clear in the sky. A band of clouds like this can seem like a barrier, or a shoreline in the sky, or a rolling wave, a deep and sudden contrast to the clear, vast seeming emptiness of the rest of the heavens. This is our old friend juxtaposition at work again too, for this line makes the light airy space appear even more huge. It reminds us that light and dark are complimentary in the visual world, and that life, like the weather, can visit drastic change upon us in mere moments.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

138. Flowers (Light 11)

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These camellias were growing just outside the local church, in their tiny courtyard. The vibrancy of their colour stopped me in my wheelchair tracks, and the beauty of their shape too, but most of all, the way the sunlight reflected off their silken swirls, creating a haze of delicate light.

It often seems to me that the wonder of the world is not such beauty, but that people can pass by it without being astounded by such abundant grace. My astonishment is that some people barely see these out of the corner of their eye and think, “they’re just flowers.”

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

137. Windows (Light 10)

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Windows are where we let the light in to our buildings, and are the lenses through which we see the world. Our eyes are the “windows to our soul” and gazing into them can tell other people a lot about us, strange as that may seem. Likewise, how our soul has a lot of say in how our sight is configured. Our world view is more influenced by the beliefs of our heart and the workings of our inner world than by the images that form on our retinae.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

136. Lines (Light 9)

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The lines that are created by the absence of light, by shadow, are crucial to our lives. Boundaries, like this fence, and each delineation of panel, keep us sane. We need to have things broken up, cordoned off, edged, else we would just be lost in a sea of vastness, as we are when we look at the sky or the ocean. It is not something we are built to comprehend, this eternity, even though it is the entirety we are created to grow into, serving as we do, an infinite God. In this earthly life, we have need of our caves and our borders, our separateness. Once we begin to understand that we are all one, then we can let go of them a little at a time, like easing out rope.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

135. Haloes (Light 8)

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Light around a shape, whether (and weather) it is a cloud or a head, is described as a halo. We might think of it as an aura, or a kind of glow, that we often ascribe to coming from within, a measure of saintliness.  When used in art to show holiness, it is often depicted around the whole person of Jesus as an “aureole” or “glory,” whilst lesser saints only have holy heads.

I would not like to know how much light I give off, I think that I would only start to measure it, as human beings tend to do, wondering if I have more Watts than the rest of the pew… as usual I would be thinking of things back to front, for however much our light shines, it is all the grace of God, given, not earned.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017