A Sabbath Reflection


The Flower of Life -- A Geometric Art of the Colors of the Desert — Created in Memory of My Nephew, Joshua Kendall Tourjee

 by Rev. Mary Ann Tourjee, 2016

" An artist cannot be continually wielding his or her brush.

The painter must stop at times from painting 

to freshen his/her vision of the object, 

the meaning of which the artist wishes to express on canvas.

The shabbat (sabbath) represents those moments when we pause

in our brushwork to renew our vision of the general plan.  

Having done so, we take ourselves to our painting  with clarified vision

and renewed energy."

from the book, The Ten Challenges;  Quote by Rabbi Mordecai Kapplan

" Old paint on canvas, as it ages, sometimes becomes transparent.

When that happens it is possible, in some pictures, to see the original lines:

a tree will show through a woman's dress,

a child makes way for a dog,

a large boat is no longer on an open sea.

That is called "pentimento" because the painter "repented," changed his mind.

Perhaps it would be as well to say that the old conception,

replaced by a later choice, is a way of seeing

and then seeing again.  . . . 

That is all I mean about the people in this book.  

The paint has aged now and I wanted to see what was there for me once,

what is there for me now."

from Pentimento, a book by Lillian Hellman

Sabbath -- perhaps a day -- one day each week

a time to pause, to look at what we are creating --

not creating today . . .  but what we thought we once saw,

and how we see it now.

Is there "repentance" --  a change of heart?

Will we see God with new eyes?

"Oh Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder --

consider all . . . Thy hands have made . . . "

Lyrics from How Great Thou Art

I am "created in the image of God" -- Genesis.

God, the artist, made me . . .

"I see the stars . . . "   God gave me "eyes to see"!

"I hear the rolling thunder . . ."  God gave me "ears to hear"!

"Thy power throughout the Universe displayed".

Do I see?   Do I hear? . . .

If I look at the "canvas of my life", 

the world "I" have created, too,

will I find "repentance" there?

Will I discover "pentimento"?

Is that what Sabbath is about?

"Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee" . . .

Oh, how My Heart Cries Out -- like the Psalmist . . .

"How Great Thou Art!"

"How Great Thou Art!"

 . . . My God, How Great Thou Art.

I Am "Created in the Image of God".

I AM . . . That . . . I AM.

Rev. Mary Ann Tourjee

© Rev.Mary Ann Tourjee 2019