In Prayer and Meditation

Psalm 42:2-3, “As the deer longs for streams of water,
so my soul longs for you, O God.

My soul thirsts for God, the living God.
When can I enter and see the face of God.”

When I created this painting I truly cried out to the Lord, not in sadness but in love to connect my Lord to my sister who is ill. I reached to heaven in prayer and experienced this total peace that can only come from our Lord. I found myself deep into contemplative prayers: what will happen after we leave this body?

In the above painting, I can see a mysterious peek into paradise. I also see Jesus holding several little children in His arms. I can see the deer bending their head to drink water. As an artist, I have a great imagination. I am very thankful for that gift. Our Lord also had to imagine first all that He created. I paint from my soul, where my Lord dwells.

I just finished reading a book by Erwin Raphael McManus The Artisan Soul, crafting your life into a work of art. I fell in love with his book. He also spoke about how as you create become one with the Lord and so your creation becomes a oneness with God.

It is important to find your own voice. Be the one you were created to be. To do good art you must have courage. It is your ow n soul you paint. Anybody studying my paintings will know me well.  It is the Lord within me. I am a passionate artist. Sit back, relax and find your peace, the peace that can only come from our Lord. Become very still and allow God to touch your soul through my painting.

The following is one of my poems:

I like to paint heaven with purest delight,
Where people walk happily side by side,
No color or gender will keep them apart,
We will all walk together in His great big heart.

May God bless you much,
love, your friend Brunhilde

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Come closer to the Light

Psalm 27

“The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear?
The Lord is my Life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?”

Revelation 22: 1-5

“Then the angel showed me the river of life-giving water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the street. On either side of the river grew the tree of life that produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month; the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there anymore. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will look upon his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. Night will be no more, nor will they need light from lamp or sun, for the Lord God shall give them light, and they shall reign forever and ever.”

 

When I created this painting, I felt so close to the Lord. It felt like a prayer when you feel His calling: come closer!

This time I started the painting with the center, the light. Soon the painting emerged. Time went by quickly and as I studied the painting I knew it was time to put the brush down. Just a few little touches the next day and I knew it was finished.

To create a work of art one has to be truly alive and very still at the same time to capture a moment of thought. This moment you cannot repeat, what you see is what your spirit adds to line and color. Please take time to study the painting, so you see what your spirit sees.

In the words of Philip Guston (1930-1980)

“The painting is not on a surface, but on a plane which is imagined. It moves in a mind. It is not there physically at all. It is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see.”

In the words of Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863)

“The merit of a painting is undefinable…..in a word, it is what the spirit adds to color and line that appeals to the soul.”

John 12: 46, 47

“I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world.”

I hope you enjoy my newest creation,

May God bless you and keep you,

Your friend Brunhilde

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A Special Gift

When I created the above painting, I felt so carried by our Lord, our king of kings. Touched by His majesty, I truly felt one with our Lord. I was overcome with this total peace.  Thankful for the Gift our lord bestowed on me.

The canvas was still empty. My table was filled with paints, brushes and sculpture tools, and plenty of water to clean my brushes. Bubbling over with this amazing energy I started to create as time passed unnoticed by me. When I finished this painting, I knew it was a Gift I gave to the Lord.

I hope you take the time to allow the painting to speak to you.

Psalm 31:3, “Lord, since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me”.

Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ: it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”.

Lord Jesus you are my life spring. You are my strength.

Lord, you are the bread of life,

You are the air we breathe and the light that shines day and night.

Lord you are the love of life, you are my strength and my salvation.

You are my everything. Without you I can do nothing, with you I can do everything.

May you feel His love and closeness as you allow my painting to speak to you.

A few words from the book “Artist to Artist speaking” by Eugene Delacroix (1798 – 1863),

“Fine works of Art never age, because they are marked by genuine feelings. The language of the passions, the impulses of the heart, are always the same.

May our Lord and Creator of all bless you,

your friend Brunhilde

Easter and Spring 2017

Springtime, a time to plant new seeds. The seeds will grow and produce beautiful fruits and vegetables. Then there will come a time when we reap what we planted. The season is ripe to harvest. Beautiful flowers, turnips, tomatoes, onions and much more. If I did not plant onions and tomatoes, I cannot reap them.  What a surprise to find I did not reap all that I thought I planted. Too many distractions took my time. Now it is late, those seeds would not have time to grow and bear fruit in this season

This is like it is with our soul. We prepare our soul for a great harvest. We do not know the hour or the time when we will be called home to our final resting place, a place more beautiful than any of us can imagine. It will be the time when we reap what we planted.

Luke 12: 34

“For where your treasure is, there also will be your heart.”

Isaiah 30:18-21

“Truly the Lord is waiting to be gracious to you, truly He shall rise to show you mercy; For the Lord is a God of justice; happy are all who wait for Him! He will be most gracious to you when you cry out; as soon as He hears He will answer you. The Lord will give you bread in adversity and water in affliction. No longer will your teacher hide himself, but with your own eyes you shall see your teacher, and your ears shall hear a word behind you saying: “This is the way; walk in it.”

Proverbs 3:5-6, 11-12

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; In all your ways be mindful of Him, and He will make straight your paths.

The discipline of the Lord, my son, do not spurn; do not distain His reproves; For whom the Lord loves he reproves, as a father, the son he favors.”

Psalm 32:8

“I will instruct you and show you the way you should walk, give you counsel with my eye upon you.”

People rebelled against the Lord. They worshipped other gods. They did not keep the commandments

God gave to Moses. But our Lord loved us so much that He sent His only begotten son to restore  humanity to Himself, and show us the way. Jesus loved us so much that he gave his life for us. We all have that chance by our free will to spend eternity in heaven. All He asks of us is to surrender our life to Him. It sounds so easy when we grow up in a society that does not like to relinquish control. Once we surrender our life to the Lord, give all control to Him, He will awaken us to His plan for our life. Our eyes will open. We can then proclaim, I was blind, but now I see.

Matthew 16:13-18

“Peters confession about Jesus. When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the son of man is?” They replied, “some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply. Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so, I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.”

With this Jesus established His church.

Matthew 17:5

“The transfiguration of Jesus. While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

After this Jesus continued his mission to teach and perform miracles. The disciples and those surrounding them could not fully understand or they would not have left Jesus when He had to die on the cross. They also would have truly believed him when He told them that He will rise on the third day. Jesus tried to make his disciples understand that he is the son of the “Most High.”

Matthew: 2-4

“He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, “unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus continued His journey, foretelling what would happen. He proved to his disciples His godliness and His humanity, when He called out in Matthew 26: 39 “My Father if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.”

As I journeyed with our Lord through the gospel of Matthew I came again to the realization how important it is to say: Not my will, but your will be done. Each time we pray “our Father who art in heaven hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” we surrender our will to the will of our Father.

Lord give me the grace to journey in my prayers and heart with you through the Passion Week. What a joy our own Easter will be.

Have a blessed Easter

Your friend in Christ, Brunhilde

A comment to my attached painting, “Springtime” In the words of Vincent Van Gogh—I should reproach myself if I did not try to make pictures which will arouse serious thoughts.

A Leap into the Unknown

Lent 2017

We just started Lenten Season. It is a reminder to prepare our hearts and souls for, the celebration of the risen Christ.

In the quiet of my heart I heard You whisper “Love, Peace and Joy”

John 15:16, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you”.

I remember distinctly the time I felt the tucking and pulling to listen to that still small voice:

“This is the way, walk in it”.

This is when I took “A Leap into The Unknown.” What a journey it was and still is. Lent is just such a time where we prepare our souls and hearts to be renewed in the Spirit to live life in the Holy Spirit. As we journey with Christ we also carry our cross daily. Continue reading “A Leap into the Unknown”

Christmas 2016 by Brunhilde Luken

Dear Friends,

Christmas is coming closer. It is such an exciting time of the year. I see the most beautiful decorations, many lights, also angels. We also see the displays of a crèche with the baby in it. The world is again waiting, waiting to celebrate the birth of Christ. The Christ that came into the world to save us from our sins. God loved us so much that He sent us His only begotten Son to set us free. This is the greatest gift we can ever embrace. Continue reading “Christmas 2016 by Brunhilde Luken”

Autumn 2016 by Brunhilde Luken

Summer has just ended. We are still enjoying a beautiful fall and preparing our garden for the winter to come.

For me it is also a time to look inside. The noise from the elections will soon be over and we certainly know that our Lord is in charge. He was there at the beginning and He will be here until the end. Even Jesus looked for a quiet spot when He wanted time out with the Father. Continue reading “Autumn 2016 by Brunhilde Luken”

Life on the Rock — Mother Teresa becomes a saint

Many of us are celebrating the canonization of Mother Teresa. She certainly lived her life on the Rock, the Rock of our Salvation. I am a great admirer of Mother Teresa. If I ever would call any person my idol, it was and is “Mother Theresa.”

I know, in all I do, I know I can never come close to anything Mother Teresa did, and perhaps still does. We can all aspire and look to her as an example of strength needed in this life. Continue reading “Life on the Rock — Mother Teresa becomes a saint”

Mother’s day 2016 by Brunhilde Luken

Mother’s day is a day especially set aside to celebrate our mothers.

(John 19:25-27) “After Jesus was crucified, and He was still on the cross, standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.”

Mary became also our Mother.

“Just for you, Mother”

Just for you, Mother

This painting I created as a gift in memory of my earthly mother. Even though she is no longer with us, I still keep her close to my heart. She was very special. When I remember my mother I feel happy, but I also get filled with sadness. She was the center of our family. She also taught us to pray. She knew there would be times in our lives when we truly needed prayer. She also knew she would not always be there to sooth our pain. She knew we needed the Lord. She left us when she was only 59 years old, she left to be with the Lord. About fifteen years ago I needed to know if my mother was in heaven. I pleaded with the Lord to please let me know, please let me see where she is. That night, in a dream, I was shown a big room with many pillars and it was very brightly lit. In front of the room on a pedestal, there was my mother, very happy, having a conversation with somebody. As I looked to see who this was, a veil went over the other person. Immediately I woke up. As I woke up I felt wonderfully at peace. She was so happy. My first thought was she must have been with Mary, the mother of us all. She had great love for her, the mother of our Lord. Ever since I had this wonderful dream, I remember her being so happy, it is no longer painful. I know she is happy.

To all of you Mothers, this is your special day:

“Happy Mother’s Day”

Love, and our Lord’s blessing to all of you,

Your friend in Christ, Brunhilde

A meditation for Holy Week and Easter by Brunhilde Luken

Hello from Tenerife. We are still in Tenerife and will return to the US on April first. I look forward to attend a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday in Adeje and spend Easter Sunday with our son and his family.

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John 14:6
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.

John 3:16
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have ever lasting life.

John 12:13
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord— the King of Israel!”

The Plot to Kill Jesus

Luke 22:1-6
Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near.  The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people.

Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present.

The Institution of the Lord’s Supper

Luke 22:14-23
When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him.  He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!” Then they began to ask one another which one of them it could be who would do this.

John 19:1-4,16
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and striking him on the face. Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him. Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”
Matthew 28:1-10 

The Resurrection of Jesus

After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.  For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.  But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”  So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Christ is Risen, yes, Christ is risen indeed, and this makes all the difference. Because He is risen, we also are invited to become sons and daughters of our Lord. He allows us to dwell in His Love.

“Jesus remember me, when you come into your Kingdom”

Easter by Brunhilde Luken 

The painting above I created to share with all of you as I meditated on the empty tomb. Stay with the painting for a while and allow the Lord to speak to you through my painting. It will slowly unfold before your eyes. Allow the peace of the Lord to fill you before you enter into this meditation. Maybe you will be at awe like I am when I enter into this meditation. Sit back, relax and enjoy His presence. I always thank the Lord for His Gift.

The sunrise pictures where taken by a friend as he biked to the Sunrise in Tenerife. It is beautiful. From where we live on the Island we see the sun set but not rise. It is a Gift from our Lord. The sun will rise and set for all of us.

John 8:12
Then Jesus spoke to them again saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”  

Lord, please help us all who dwell in your light and love to share it with all those we encounter, and help the world to become a better place for all. Let this Easter be an Epiphany for all of us. 

Happy Easter to all of you.

Love, Brunhilde