This is one of my favorite icons(!) After getting ‘zapped’ by a version of it on the wall of Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai (while visiting Egypt 19 yrs ago!), i put a framed 7 x 14″ print on the wall of my office in Jerusalem & then toted it to subsequent postings all around the globe.
Before living in the Middle East & encountering the beautiful traditions of Orthodox churches (of all varieties) , i was not familiar with icons – but there’s lots of prayer & spiritual discipline put into this liturgical art form that is meant to draw us closer to God & the important tenets of our faith.
When i look at this icon each morning & throughout the day, it reminds me to pray: “Lord Jesus, teach me Your ways.” (of course, when my ways bump up against His ways, i sometimes need to add, ‘please open my mind & heart & spirit that i may know Your ways AND DO THEM!)
… i’m not sure about you, but Wisdom is on my daily ‘must ask God for’ list (sometimes More Than Once!) Even a glance at Jesus the Teacher triggers another quick prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, please transform my heart & mind & spirit with Your wisdom.”
….& listening closely, i may hear Jesus saying:
“Study My words. Know My words. BE My words.”
grace, peace & Inspired Spiritual Art
p.s. i took this photo in Istanbul (Turkey) of this Icon on the wall of Saint Sophia’s (Hagia Sophia) one of the great churches of the Byzantine Empire.
Great icon, thought and post……..thanks
thank you so much Miss Gwen! your encouragement (& wonderfully uplifting blog posts) brighten the day!!