I am moving on to the next prompt in Writing in the Margins. Syria continues to be in my heart and prayers, and I am following the developments in the Middle East with much greater awareness. My heart and prayers go out to the people of Turkey as they face the disaster of a bombing at a peace rally.
The next invitation in Writing in the Margins:
Watch Makoto Fujimura create painting from the biblical text:
How does his process of illumination inform your margins?
After seeing images of war-torn Syria, there was something healing to me about seeing the beautiful art of Makoto Fujimuro and something comfortable and familiar about his voice and vision. I’ve been pondering something that he said in the above video: “Art is always transgressive, and we need to transgress in love. We have a language to celebrate waywardness but we do not have a cultural language to bring people back home.”
For me this quote brought to mind the story of the Prodigal Son and also a brief reflection on what it means to be “Home in God.”
- where there’s always someone happy to see you;
- like reconnecting with a forever friend when you can pick up just where you left off no matter how much time has passed;
- feeling free to let your guard down and be completely yourself;
- where you are known and loved;
- a place of forgiveness, where friendship is more important than any mistake we might make;
- a comfortable, familiar feeling;
- a place of rest, security, and restoration;
- warmth and light.
Ultimately, home is hospitality and it is the heart of God’s love. My favorite words from the story of the Prodigal son: “While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” Though we are a long way off, God is running toward us. When we feel the warmth of God’s loving embrace, the response is simply to offer others the same kind of love that meets us right where we are.