Each Saturday and Tuesday during Lent, the devotion will consist of visual or musical works of art for you to contemplate.  There might be a brief quote or statement for you to consider as you view/listen to the material; there may be notes from or about the artist or work.  We hope you will find meaning in these pieces during your lenten journey.

“Don’t start looking in the Bible for the answers it gives.  Start by listening for the questions it asks.”  ~ Frederick Buechner

Title:Tsunami Memorial near Hikkaduwa Date:c. 2008 Object/Function: Relief sculpture, metal Location:Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

Title: Tsunami Memorial near Hikkaduwa
Date: c. 2008
Object/Function: Relief sculpture, metal
Location: Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

Notes: Bronze relief monument to the over 100,000 victims of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean in December, 2004. This week’s reading of Exodus 17:1-7 describes the quarreling Israelites and their plea for water, ending with Moses testing God, saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?” In times of terrible tragedy such as the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004, we struggle to understand such loss in a world of God’s making. This bronze mural, so expressive of the horror, and yet of the strong desire to memorialize those lost, brings healing to those whose gift of life and response to that gift seem all the more significant.

Attribution: Tsunami Memorial near Hikkaduwa, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=54289 [retrieved March 22, 2014]. Original source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/turgeon/188654850.