December 4, 2018
Isaiah 7:13-14; 9:6-7
Then Isaiah said: ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and for evermore.The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
This is a full-page illumination created by Thomas Ingmire. The passage from Isaiah is familiar to many people from Handel’s The Messiah. His Hallelujah chorus from that work is especially popular. In some sense, the illumination functions as a visual representation of that musical score. Note in particular the raised trumpets blaring forth the birth announcement and Messianic titles. The geometric gold mandalas glisten like bursts of light, reminiscent of stars and sun. The text, illumination, and musical score are a magnificent celebration of the story of God and God’s people. You may want to listen to the Hallelujah chorus as you view the Illumination. Take a few minutes to write your reflection.
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