Looking back over the first month of blog posts here @ Roses in the Rubble (mostly about books & movies), Virginia thought she might re-share a few (since it took awhile to learn about things like ‘tagging.’) Here’s one from 05 July 2011…
Sitting under Michelangelo’s Creation in the Sistine Chapel is one of the most inspiring experiences of my life. Visiting the Vatican Museum two years ago on a blustery November day, we were blessed with no lines. At 10:00 a.m. I told my travel buddy, “Let’s do the Sistine Chapel, the Raphaels – 2 hours max.”
NINE hours later, we had a hard time leaving!
Watching “The Agony & the Ecstasy” with Charlton Heston & Rex Harrison a month before the trip provided a bit of welcomed context. (We still joke around the house, “When will you make an end? When I am finished.”) In the movie Michelangelo is prodded along by Pope Julius II, sometimes quite forcefully. In my favorite scene, Pope Julius (who regularly leads troops in battles to protect the church) sneaks a peak at the ceiling and can’t get over how Michelangelo sees the face of God as a loving Creator. Great movie about art, faith & inspiration.
Back to Rome and the Sistine Chapel. Since we had plenty of time (after getting quite a neck cramp) I whipped out my journal & jotted down inspirited thoughts..
Touched by the Hand of God: touched by the Love of God.
Naked we come into the world: naked we stand before God our Creator.
It seemed as if God was saying:
Receive My love anew, to BE My love anew…
Open your heart, beloved child, and receive My love anew.
Let Me create in you a New thing…
Beloved, Beautiful Child.
Trust Me and do NOT be afraid –
(I’ve been in this creation business a long time!)
Now I try to pray this each day: that God will pour out love anew in the heart of this clay pot, that I might BE God’s love anew. Not an easy task, to be sure (that’s why this prayer gets repeated LOTS!)
Guess we can also ask for grace, joy, peace, wisdom & mercy anew, too.
God has an infinite store!