Monday, February 26, 2007

The Beauty of Red


"Something in the cosmos speaks to the deep places in us." Just not the same message Carl Sagan claims to have heard in his wildly popular Cosmos series. No the cosmos speaks the identity of its Maker.

Suns blaze His glory. Stars clock His precision. Wind whispers His omnipresence and His upholding power.

But we are here today to praise the beauty of Red.
In the heraldry of the rainbow, red speaks to us of passion, heat, fire, rage, love and sacrifice.

Red is the color of Pentecost, when the Spirit's passion burned into the hearts of Christ's followers and blazed out across cultural boundaries, language barriers and spiritual blindness to spark new life in the thousands gathered for the old feast.


Red is the color of transformation. As the bloody sacrifice was burned on the altar, that dead meat was transformed into something ethereal and glorious: the glowing red-gold flame and curling smoke. Passion and prayer. A model of the glory-cloud that led Israel through the wilderness.


My guest this week for the
Carnival of Beauty, Susanna at Through a Glass, reflects on the many shades of Red and the blood of Christ.

This week, I hope you'll see red. Really see it.


8 comments:

Susanna said...

It is so amazing how one colour can mean so many things. That was a lovely post. Thanks for hostessing.

Kim Anderson said...

Love your babe's smile! Thanks for your contribution!

Mark Kodak said...

Color therapy by analogy to God's literary symbols in redemptive history. Are the seasons thematic ? Autumn reds. I was reminded also of the salvation and deliverance theme in the harlots's scarlet rope. The stealth of Rahab, and the blood lineage of Christ that it might also represent, as they, and we, descend the walls of falling human fortresses like Jericho.

Sprittibee said...

I just wanted to invite you to participate in the Homeschool Blog Awards for 2006 (belated). We have a new site up:

www.homeschoolblogawards.com

You may snag an alumni graphic for your sidebar since you won in 2005. :) Hope you will help us spread the word.

Thanks!

Grafted Branch said...

Come back Kim Anderson! For you...

http://restoringtheyears.blogspot.com/2007/04/drumroll-please.html

Jim Baxter said...

Human is earth's Choicemaker. The sublime and
significant act of choosing is, itself, the Archimedean
fulcrum upon which man levers and redirects the
forces of cause and effect to an elected level of qual-
ity and diversity. Further, it orients him toward a
natural environmental opportunity, freedom, and
bestows earth's title, The Choicemaker, on his
singular and plural brow.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by
nature and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of
Criteria. Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive
characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the natural
foundation of his environments, institutions, and re-
spectful relations to his fellow-man. Thus, he is orien-
ted to a Freedom whose roots are in the Order of the
universe. selah

Each individual human being possesses a unique, highly
developed, and sensitive perception of variety. Thus
aware, man is endowed with a natural capability for enact-
ing internal mental and external physical selectivity.
Quantitative and qualitative choice-making thus lends
itself as the superior basis of an active intelligence.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. His title describes
his definitive and typifying characteristic. Recall
that his other features are but vehicles of experi-
ence intent on the development of perceptive
awareness and the following acts of decision and
choice. Note that the products of man cannot define
him for they are the fruit of the discerning choice-
making process and include the cognition of self,
the utility of experience, the development of value-
measuring systems and language, and the accultur-
ation of civilization.

The arts and the sciences of man, as with his habits,
customs, and traditions, are the creative harvest of
his perceptive and selective powers. Creativity, the
creative process, is a choice-making process. His
articles, constructs, and commodities, however
marvelous to behold, deserve neither awe nor idol-
atry, for man, not his contrivance, is earth's own
highest expression of the creative process.

That human institution which is structured on the
principle, "...all men are endowed by their Creator with
...Liberty...," is a system with its roots in the natural
Order of the universe. The opponents of such a system are
necessarily engaged in a losing contest with nature and
nature's God. Biblical principles are still today the
foundation under Western Civilization and the American
way of life. To the advent of a new season we commend the
present generation and the "multitudes in the valley of
decision."

Let us proclaim it. Behold!
The Season of Generation-Choicemaker Joel 3:14 KJV vincit veritas

- from The HUMAN PARADIGM

semper fidelis

Jim Baxter said...

Letters
Santa Maria (CA) TIMES 4/6/07

NOTICE:
April 2007AD

1. The Shroud has produced three-dimensional images of
a body moving in space. Please seek your own trustworthy sources of verification. vincit veritas

2. The scientific world of physics is undergoing a revolutionary
change: a paradigm shift of universe proportions and implications.

Sir Isaac Newton would not be surprised. Joel 3:14 kjv

Have a truly Happy Resurrection Day!

semper fidelis
Jim Baxter
Santa Maria, CA
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Anonymous said...

Looking for the Kim Anderson who shared Chesbrough genealogy research with me - Larry (at) Chesebro.net

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