A Daily Dose of Good News
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Pastor Steve’s devotional is available online at https://youtu.be/QjN_l8_JVPk
A printer-friendly version of this devotion is available at DDGN 20210708
You may dialog with Pastor Steve on this devotion at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people,
to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from the sky.
The Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before him,
and will make a path for his steps. (Psalm 85:5-13)
Good News Artwork
The good news for today comes in the form of artwork.
Over the course of the 1980’s and the 1990’s
John August Swanson’s imagination played with vivid images
For qualities of God anthropomorphized across a panoramic landscape
Drawing on impressions from this mother’s heritage in a Mexican farm family.
They are images of good news from the psalm
Being played out in the context of creation
And those of us whom God has created in God’s image.
Let’s take a look at it together here,
Reminding those who are watching online
That you can pause the video stream anytime you want
In order to dwell and reflect on the picture at your leisure.
(I promise I’ll still be here when you restart the stream! 😉
While you’ll have to look closely on the printed version,
Notice four gracious promises highlighted within the image:
“Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet”
Or by another translation, “Kindness and peace will meet”
As the farm neighbors greet each other…
“Righteousness and peace will kiss each other”
As the two young girls race to embrace…
“Faithfulness will spring up from the ground”
At the base of the tree growing in the foreground …
“And righteousness will look down from the sky”
Radiating from the sun smiling over the whole portrait.
I pray that God touches you with good news as I have been touch
Though through this beautiful and compelling piece of artwork.
And you will find the artist discussing and demonstrating
His inspiration for his work at this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/VrOlgqdIRjw