2010 - Vol. 42
Spiritual Vision Welded
metal, gold leaves, welding,
in prayer – a vision takes form
During a time of prayer and
worship at our 2007 Bread of Life
spring community weekend I had a mental image or vision of hundreds of
people drawn together and forming a large vessel reaching heavenward. I
made a sketch of this image.
This vessel appeared to be
filled with the light of God and the light was able to penetrate to the
darker outside through gaps between the people.
I had the impression that
this vessel represented the body of Christ – God’s people, his church.
Generations and generations of Christians have composed this body. It visually
depicts how Christians are all inter-connected, those who came before us,
those who are with us now, and those who will come after us. This trans-generational
vessel connecting heaven and earth is built by God himself.
together in hope
weeks later, after I had sketched this vision, I was invited along with
other artists to compose a piece of art for the gathering of 600 Christians
from Europe and Lebanon for the On
Holiday week together in Belgium that past August.
of the week long event was: Rejoicing
Together in Hope – A Taste of Heaven.
I felt intrigued and then
the vision of a sculpture quickly came to my mind. In a flash I saw not
just an idea or rough sketch, but the finished piece. I knew this was what
I should create as a sculpture. The challenge was what technique to use.
in pain and suffering
Cutting the shapes of little
figures out of a sheet of metal, literally hundreds of them, was exausting
work. My fingers hurt and I got blisters on the palm of my hand. It also
became quite boring, and I had to be alert, not to just cut the metal in
a mechanical, lifeless way, but to do it purposefully, always remembering
the theme of the summer event: Rejoicing Together in Hope – A Taste of
prayer and adoration
a period of tedious work I started to listen to Christian music as I continued
to prepare the metal figures. The music lifted my spirit to praise God
in thanks and adoration. The sculpting was no longer just boring and difficult,
but part of the prayer. And I realised that this experience was actually
what this sculpture was about: God’s people, together, united by the light
of God, through prayer and adoration, forming one body in Christ.
a Christian and being part of the body of Christ is not always easy or
comfortable. Christian love includes sacrifice, toil, and sweat. Sometimes
we feel exausted, spent, and hurt. We get blisters and even bored sometimes.
the challenges and struggles didn’t stop me from pressing on with my work.
For every disciple of Christ, the day-to-day challenges don’t stop us from
pressing on. Jesus is with us every step of the way.
Pairs are ready to be welded…
… to form a vessel
Detail of inside of “People”
cause the inside of the sculpture to glow
||Marianne Kantert lives in
Olching, Germany near Munich. She pursued her art education at the Art
Academy of Düsseldorf, Germany and the Academy of Fine Arts of Pretoria,
South Africa. She has done various group and single exhibitions in Johannesburg,
Pretoria, South Africa; Greenville, South Carolina, USA; London, UK; Beirut,
Lebanon; and Munich, Germany. You can view her sculpture work at http://www.marianne-kantert.de/
Marianne and her husband
Klemens are part of Bread
of Life, a member community of the Sword of the Spirit, located in