It can feel a little intimidating seeing so many amazing artists adding their own art to the Bible. I love playing at art, but it’s not something I’ve studied or do for a living. For me, journaling in the Bible is a fun way to get the Word of God into my heart, more so than about putting my art in the Bible. I just enjoy the whole process! It’s a fun way to study the Bible. I have enough that’s serious in my life! It’s strange, but after over a year of doing this, I still have a really hard time covering up the words in my Bible with art. For the most part, I like to keep what I add to the margins; I am not sure why. I’ve found that my journaling Bible has quickly become my favorite Bible to read for all purposes. I am not the best at memorizing chapters and verses, but I can always quickly turn to a verse that I’ve journaled. This Bible has become deeply personal and meaningful to me.
With this next passage, I found myself falling back on some of my favorite supplies: Microns and stickers. I love this Bible passage from Psalms and wanted to include as much as possible in the margins. It’s reassuring to me to find a passage that describes God just as imagine God to be: Strong, righteous, and just with love and faithfulness always meeting me first, drawing people together in community. I’ve been pondering the meaning of the festal shout. I wish I could say that I know it for certain, but two things make sense to me: 1) It’s a joyful noise made together in community. 2) It’s a shout made for the pure joy of being in the light of God’s love.
A prayer that welled up inside me as I read this passage:
God, you know I long to see your face. Until then, let me always walk in your light. Lead me to know the festal shout and guide me to the community of faith where I belong.
I am taking some time this Advent to wait and quietly listen to where God’s leading me.