Eyes of the Heart
Experiencing Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice
Explore the art of photography as a metaphor for the spiritual journey. Led by Pastor Dick Herman, this group will meet at 7:00 pm on the fourth Monday evening of each month, to share reflections and images together. Text will be Eyes of the Heart by Christine Valter Paintner (available through Amazon) to guide and engage our practice of photography in a way that deepens our lives in Christ. Open to anyone interested. Participants should bring his/her own digital camera.
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A few words from Pastor Dick Herman who lead this Small Group thought the Summer Journey Dear Friends,
In the summer of 2016, the Eyes of the Heart small group I was part of experienced photography as a Christian contemplative practice. Asked to sum it all up in one word, I can’t. But words like “fun”, “meaningful” and “spiritually enriching” come to mind.
Though we touched on both some of the technical aspects and artistic elements of photography, they weren’t the point of our journey. It was really about cultivating our ability to see all of life with what Paul calls “the eyes of the heart” (Eph. 1:18). The camera lens became just an instrument enabling us to better see God’s footprints and fingerprints all around us every day and ever where. As God says in Psalm 46 ~ “Be still and know that I am God;’ or, “slow down and look for me, get to know me … and if you do, you will see me, you will find me.” That’s what we did.
As photography group we discovered that when we pay attention, we really can see the beauty and wonder of our Lord everywhere and so come to recognize His presence in the details of the everyday.
But it’s not just a summer thing: it’s an all-the-time thing. It’s not just a Sunday morning in church thing. It’s a Monday morning messy sink thing, child with a ball thing, a sunrise and sunset thing, a flower bed and compost pile thing. It’s also a back-to-school … on the job … around the house … on the street kind of thing. I.e., with our eyes wide open we can behold the beauty of God always and everywhere.
One aim of the church is to help each of us grow “eyes of the heart” so that we can experience the reality of God’s presence and activity everywhere and any time. Like a lens is a tool to cultivate those eyes, so a Sunday School class is a tool, Alpha is a tool, Companions in Christ is a tool, youth group, mission trips and a Bible study are all tools that cultivate our ability to see, sense and experience the reality of God’s presence and activity … and to live in the flow of His gracious presence.
My hope for you is that, as Paul says in Ephesians, “the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Look for and grab onto something you can enter into this coming year to nurture the eyes of your heart for God. I remain,
Yours in Christ’s Service,
Pastor Dick H.