“…Yet on the part of the people, there are times of light and darkness, fidelity and infidelity, obedience and rebellion, times of being a pilgrim people, and times of being a people adrift.” Pope Francis spoke these powerful words in his Christmas Eve sermon, the first since his election as the head of the Catholic Church.
I took one look at this week’s painting, a 12” x 12” mixed media and acrylic on wood, and saw that it uncannily reflected the Christmas message, as Francis continues, “…in our personal history, too, there are both bright and dark moments, lights and shadows. If we love God and our brothers and sisters, we walk in the light. But if our heart is closed, if we are dominated by pride, deceit, self-seeking, then darkness falls within us, and around us. Whoever hates his brother — writes the Apostle John — is in the darkness; he walks in the darkness, and does not know the way to go, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”
Last week I wrote about appreciating the powerful gifts we all have and often disregard. I called it, the jewels we have for creating a joyful life and spreading the wisdom and beauty we bring from Spirit. I said that this can only happen when we forgive ourselves and are able to let go of perceptions born in the mind that color our lives with the wrong hues; what Apostle John called that which “has blinded his eyes”. As we allow the universal energy of Love to penetrate our core, we see the dark spots, we own them and are able to heal and let go of anger, sorrow, jealousy, pride and the past-all the “dark moments”, and walk with God, in the Light. The painting is aptly called Walking About Spreading Joy, and is available to purchase on www.LidiaScherArt.com. Those who have been working with the image already will agree that it inspires us to open our hearts and spread Joy and Light. I invite you to try it and visualize your own face and body in the painting, as you consider Pope Francis’ message. Allow the darkness to be diluted and disappear within your compassionate heart that loves all unconditionally. I for one, humbly thank Pope Francis for giving me the perfect words to write this post.