Pentecost 2019 “Come Holy Spirit, come!”

This past Sunday we celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit. Let our hearts be open so we also can be part of a transforming power and help create a more just world.

John 16:13, “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

Lord, before you left your disciples you said: “After I go to the Father, the Father and I are One, He will send you the Holy Spirit and He will guide you into all truth. You will then commune with Me in Spirit, whatever you ask in My name that you will receive.

“Isaiah 30:21, “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying; this is the way walk in it.”

Romans 15:13, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope by power of the Holy Spirit.”

Matthew 21: 20 – 22, ”If you have faith and not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ It will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Luke 12:10, “Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”

God called us into life because He had a purpose for us to be in the world. Just recently when I was having my quiet time and conversation with the Lord and I asked the Lord: “What is my mission in life?” Immediately I was shown a vision of the shepherd going after one sheep. This gave me much on which to contemplate. There is still a lot to do for our Lord as we sadly watch so many walking away, trying to spin their own philosophies.

Let us help make the world a better place for all of us.

The following is a poem that was on my lips as I woke up one morning when I lived through a questioning time as I took a trip to Germany going on a retreat asking the Lord for help. We can always count on the Him. He will guide us in all matters.

I Heard the Angels Sing
(by Brunhilde Luken)
As I woke up this morning, I heard the angels sing.
I knew there was no radio, the music was within.
The sound so clear, no human voice can make.
I knew it was a blessing, that God had sent.
I did not even ask for this, He freely reached a hand.
He knew what was ahead of me, a lesson to be learned.
He wanted me to know, He had a great concern.
He will walk right along with me, to guide me on this journey.
He knew I chose to walk this walk, as hard as it may be,
He knew the walk I chose to go, the choice I did not see,
I come with you I will be by your side.
I know that you can walk the walk
And take it all in stride.

Romans 8:27-28, “Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercessions for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

May we all experience Pentecost, may the Holy Spirit strengthen us on our daily walk.

May you feel His presence.

Your friend Brunhilde

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Easter 2019 – A Joyful Day

We are getting ready to celebrate Palm Sunday and start our walk with Christ throughout the Holy week.

Luke: 9:22 The First prediction of the Passion. He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

Luke: 9:44, 45 The second prediction of the Passion. While they were all amazed at his every deed, he said to his disciples,” Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand it, and they where afraid to ask him about this saying.

Luke: 10:38-42 Martha and Mary. As they continued on their journey he entered a village where a women whose name was Martha welcomed him.  She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,” Lord do you not care that my sister left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

Luke: 19:35-38 So they brought the colt to Jesus, threw their cloaks over the colt, and helped Jesus to mount. As he rode along, the people were spreading their cloaks on the road; and now as he was approaching the slope of the mount of olives, the whole multitude of his disciples began to praise God aloud with joy for all the mighty deeds they had seen. They proclaimed: Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.

Luke: 21:37-38 During the day, Jesus was teaching in the temple area, but at night he would leave and stay at the place called the mount of olives. And all of the people would get up early each morning to listen to him in the temple area.

Luke: 22:1-6 The conspiracy against Jesus. Now the feast of unleavened bread, called the Passover, was drawing near, and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking a way to put him to death, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered into Judas, the one surnamed Iscariot, who was counted among the twelve, and he went to the chief priests and temple guards to discuss a plan for handing him over to them. They were pleased and agreed to pay him money. He accepted their offer and sought a favorable opportunity to hand him over to them in the absence of a crowd.

In chapter 22 8 Jesus sends Peter and John on a mission to prepare for the last supper.

Luke: 22:14-20 The Last Supper. When the hour came, he took his place at the table with the apostles. He said to them,” I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, for I tell you, I shall not eat it again until there is fulfillment in the Kingdom of God.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; for I tell you that from this time on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you: do this in memory of me. And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.”

Jesus also foretold the betrayal, the role of the disciples and Peter’s denial.

Jesus also gave his disciples instructions for the time of crisis. Then followed the agony in the garden and the betrayal and the arrest of Jesus. He knew why he was born. He knew what his mission was. He freely accepted his mission. He carried his cross, died for all of us and then he rose from the dead.

HE IS RISEN, YES, HE IS RISEN INDEED, AND THIS MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE.

What a joyful day it was. What a joy for us today.

God loves us so much that He gave us His only Son so we can have everlasting life. What a joyful day it will be. We all carry our cross in life. We look toward the future to become one with our Lord. Let us keep our eyes on the Lord. He is eager to help us carry our cross, our burdens will be so much lighter as our Lord fills us with His Love.

I look forward to Easter as the earth brings out all these wonderful Spring flowers that went to sleep to be reborn in spring. It is the cycle of life. Christ died for us so we all have a chance to be part of this cycle of life. What a reunion it will be with our Lord. What a joyful day.

The painting I chose for Easter I call a Joyful Day.

The following is a poem I wrote, you can find it in my book, My Walk With Christ, A Spiritual Journey. It is available on Amazon.com

My Walk

Lord,
I walked along this path of mine,
The walk I thought you chose.
Mud and stones where in my path
You never let me loose.
I screamed and shouted, no, Lord, not this walk,
I cannot take it, it’s too steep.”
Again you showed me an easy walk,
Just to my right.

In front of me the hill was steep,
With many boulders in the road,
I did not see the flowers,
The boulders were much too big.
Again a nudge from you,
You smiled.
It is the walk you chose.
So much you must yet learn,
Trust me.

Again I climbed over the boulder that blocked my path,
“Why me, Lord?
What have I done?
Couldn’t I take this easy path?
The one I passed just yesterday,
Or just sit on the little bench?”

Just go, this is the path you chose,
The walk that’s only yours,
Just over the hill and you will glide,

Your guardian angel is by your side.
When you almost fell, it was not luck,
I quickly came and held you up.
You are my child.
So walk your walk.
The one you chose just yesterday,
Tomorrow you will do the same.
And step by step
You are closer to me,
Your eyes will open and you will see.
I will be there when your walk is done,
That’s when I carry you in my arms.

Isaiah 30:21 “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying; this is the way, walk in it.”

To all of you, have a wonderful Easter celebration,

Your friend in Christ, Brunhilde

Christmas 2018

Dear Friends:

We are celebrating Advent. We are waiting for the Celebration of the birth of Christ. What is more beautiful than knowing that Christ is born in your heart. It is this wonderful feeling of peace.

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)

It was the year 1989 and my husband and I were on a 4 year stay in Germany. We lived in the Algaeu, in the southwestern part of Bavaria. Winters there are normally true winter wonderlands but not this year. It was getting close to Christmas and there was no snow in the whole area. We had a Christmas vacation planned in a small town in Austria, in Seefeld, about a three hours drive from our home. We wanted to spend our last Christmas of our stay in Germany in this magical town in Austria. I was sure we would have a white Christmas.

We arrived in Seefeld on December 23rd, but there was no snow in sight. We stayed right in the center of town next to a beautiful Catholic Church. I had packed some Christmas decorations and off we went to find a little pine tree. We decorated it and our little tree was beautiful. All we needed now was snow. All day I prayed, please Lord, let it snow. I was not sure how important this was to our Lord, I did let God -Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- know that this was very important to me. There was no snow in the forecast and this is one of the favorite ski areas in this area.

After my husband fell asleep, I knelt by the window looking at this amazing clear starlit sky. I remembered the words from the Bible, “Ask and it will be given to you.” I pleaded with the Lord: “Please Lord, let it snow. This is all I want for Christmas.” I thanked the Lord and went to sleep.

I truly felt like a little girl when I got up in the morning and went straight to the window and lo and behold it was snowing and this truly felt magical. I said: thank you, thank you, thank you Lord.  Our Lord answered my prayer. What magic there is in prayer. We then hiked all day in the snow.

After a wonderful Christmas dinner at our hotel that evening, with readings from the Bible in three languages (German, French, and English), we attended Midnight Mass at the Church right next door.

After mass the whole choir with trumpets, trombones and other brass instruments walked out into the town square, the congregation followed, and the music continued into the late night. Even the balconies around the town square where filled with musicians delighting the townspeople and all of us. This was pure magic. I could not have had a more beautiful Christmas.

Our Lord is faithful. ”Ask and it will be given to you.”

What a gift our Lord gave to us with the birth of his Son which we celebrate for 2018 years this Christmas.

And the word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

Jesus’ Birth Foretold

Luke 1:26-36 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord [e]is with you.” 29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. 36 And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.

We wish you and your family a joyous Christmas and many blessings for a healthy, peaceful and happy 2019.

May God bless you.

Your friends in Christ, Brunhilde and Lubbo

A Special Bouquet for Carmen

It was an exciting wonderful summer day. My thoughts went back to the time when my children were little. Now they are all grown up with children and some grandchildren of their own. For a second, time stood still. In my mind I watched them play and giggle and laugh. They were so happy. Thankful to our Lord for being able to remember it all. I thought, “Today is a good day to paint a special bouquet.” As I started to play-paint, I truly felt this was my playtime.

I put a first layer on and washed it off, this was a perfect background. As I started to paint, I could picture this in my daughter Carmen’s kitchen. With so much love in my heart, my brushes moved over the canvas with such ease creating this beautiful bouquet of flowers. I knew God gave me this special gift for my daughter. I did play with it for over a week, just a touch here and there until I felt it was finished. I waited for the right day to give the painting a few coats of protective spray. The sides of the canvas are part of the painting, so it looks ready to hang without a frame. I could not wait until I could bring the finished painting to my daughter. She loves the new painting and it looks great in her kitchen. Our Lord is wonderful.

As I walk through our house, I am so thankful for this special gift of painting. I cannot explain the closeness I feel with our Lord when I create a painting and when I contemplate-meditate on the paintings I created earlier. This is when I feel being held in His arms.

The following is one of my poems, taken from my book, My Walk with Christ, A Spiritual Journey.

A time to dream

All I needed was a little time
To catch myself
Become still,
Take time to dream
All those wonderful dreams,
Things to do, to see, places to travel to
To contemplate.
What is life still holding for me?
My secret wishes and plans.
Where do I still want to go?

My little girl inside keeps stirring,
Don’t grow up to fast.
You are too young,
Sit down and dream your best dreams yet
While there is still time.
Don’t lose me please

In this fast -paced world,
In those empty faces
Where they are told what to dream,
What to do, how to sing and how to dance,
How to dress and who to be.

Dare to dream your own dreams,
To see through your own eyes.
To think your own thoughts,
To choose to seek,
To be the one you are.

There is still time.

John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing”

To all of you, enjoy the rest of summer and feel His blessings.

Love, Peace and Joy,
Your friend in Christ, Brunhilde

Summertime

Summer has finally arrived and with it hopefully time to contemplate, to search for our purpose in life. We are here to live a life of finding our highest self and daily strive to live it. When we do that we know God is. Be still and know.

God is in each one of us. God is in the love we show to others. It is our duty to let His light shine to those around us and let others feel the presence of God within us. We are not in the world to live for our own self; we are part of a whole and without living that part in the right way we are not helping to build a healthy, yes, God-fearing society where we share the love God shows to us.

Oneness

A poem taken from my book,  My Walk with Christ a Spiritual Journey

Oops, I am sorry I stepped so carelessly through the grass.
I hope I did not hurt you, this life beneath my feet.
It is so small, I am afraid to go forward.
It is important,
Just as important as I am.
Are we all part of the same?
And when we shed this body,
Do we all become “One?”
Or do we stay a lonely spark?

Please, earth; let me feel your softness,
And the morning dew on my naked feet.
Let me listen to your stillness,
Let me hear your secret sounds.
Let me feel your arms,

Let me feel one with you,

And this precious stone, and this tree.
Just allow me to put my ear to you,
Let me feel your pulse.
Let me feel the love that connects us all,
That which allows me to be part of the “One,”
The “One” for eternity

So, please help me to step forward, carefully.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God  and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)

Dependence on God

Matthew 7:25-34 “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more then clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So, do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat? or ‘What are we to drink?’ But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”

I love watching the birds and other wildlife, and how wonderfully God cares for all the different species. With this in my mind I created the above painting I call “Summertime” When I started to become an artist, I asked my God—please teach me to see, I wanted to paint my heart, paintings from within where the Lord dwells. I hope my painting will stir your imagination.

In the words of Edward Munch (1863-1944): “Let us try and see, even though we ourselves may not succeed, if we cannot lay the foundation of an art dedicated to mankind. A style of art that will fire man’s imagination. An art that springs from our very hearts.”

I wish all of you a summer filled with His love and some time to dream.

Your friend in Christ,
Love, Brunhilde

Pentecost 2018

Come Holy Spirit come, Come Holy Spirit Come,
Come Holy Spirit Come!

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, all three but one Lord.

What a gift to all of us. What a precious gift for us to know Him and be able to freely worship Him. We live in troubling times when our freedom to worship our one God could be threatened at any time and often is looked upon with negativity. “Be still and know that I am God,” these simple words spoken with reverence have such power, yes: “Be still and know that I am God.” Jesus is the way, the only way. He was born for all of us, so we can have eternal life. He left us with His Word and He send us the Holy Spirit. He deposited His soul into the hands of the Father.

Luke 23: 46, 47 “When Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, “Father unto your Hands I commit my Spirit.’ Having said this, He breathed His last. So, when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying ‘Certainly, this was a righteous man.'”

Our soul needs to be guarded carefully. It is our most treasured possession. As Christians we also deposit our soul into the hands of our Lord. Into the Hands of the “I Am who I Am.” By fully surrendering we become part of the “I Am.” With this surrender He will fill us with His love and make us a gift to all the lives we are part of. We are open to receive His blessings. God is permanently involved in our lives. He is in control. He reveals His will for our lives to us. He protects us, He shields us, He empowers us. God acts in righteousness. God intervenes in our lives. He will give you the very best. Our faith is a big mystery. We are serving a real God. Faith is not a religious logic, it is a spiritual force. Faith does not just come by hearing the word: it comes directly from God by hearing.  The stronghold of faith is access to the voice of God.

Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Therefore, if you can access hearing the voice of God, you are free. God still speaks today.

We have an awesome God. He gave us the Holy Spirit. We are also left with the Greatest Book ever, the Holy Bible. It is still the best seller. Let’s go and spread the Good News into all the world. Then surely the world will become a better place for all.

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit. Let our hearts be open so we also can be part of a big transformation in this world shaping a more loving, peaceful, joyful, and yes, just world for all.

Have a wonderful celebration of Pentecost.

Your friend Brunhilde

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Love that never ends

Happy Easter to all of you. He is risen, yes, He is risen indeed. The tomb was empty, He kept His promise. He loved us so much.

Mark 12:29-31 “Which is the first commandment? Jesus replied, the first is this: ’Hear O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all our soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength!’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

 In our Christian experience nothing is more important than who Jesus was and still is. When we understand who Jesus is, we also understand what love is. Love is not just a fussy feeling. Love is what the Lord demonstrated on the cross. He died for all of us.

In Matthew 1:21 “She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

In Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel.” which is translated, “God with us.”

God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to show us how to love. My favorite prayer is still Our Lord’s prayer, which I still pray in the German language:

Vater unser, der Du bist im Himmel. Geheiligt werde Dein Name. Zu uns komme Dein Reich. Dein Wille geschehe wie im Himmel also auch auf Erden. Unser taeglisches Brot gib uns heute und vergib uns unsere Schuld, wie auch wir vergeben unseren Schuldigern, und fuehre uns nicht in Versuchung sondern erloese uns von dem Uebel.  Amen.

Matthew 6:9-14 “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love suffers long and is kind, love does not envy, love does not parade itself, is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”

1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.”

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.”

In the Bible the word love is mentioned over and over again. It sounds so easy, but it is often hard.

I often pray: please Lord teach me to love as you love us.  This is not easy.  When I listen to the evening news there are many times when I quickly say:  “Please Lord, teach me to love as you love us.” God is Love.  He cannot do anything else but love us all equally. This is hard to comprehend, but He does love us equally. He died on the cross for all of us. He showed us how to love without reservation, to “love one another as I love you.”

Psalm 18:1-2, “I will love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress.”

The following is a poem I wrote:

Love that never ends

by Brunhilde Luken

As I woke up this morning
I felt so loved by You.
You were still holding me.

With many thanks, I greeted the new day.
You smiled at me.
I knew right then
That nothing could take away this wonderful love.
So freely given,
For me to take.

Just seek and you will find,
It is already there.
Before you could ever think of Me
I put it there.
I allow you to choose
I hope it is I,
The eyes of your heart
Will tell you why.

True love can only be found within.
Just trust Me
I will take you to this never-ending flow of love,
It’s deep in your heart.

As you seek Me,
It will never part”.

Much love to all of you. Your friend Brunhilde

Lent 2018 – “Come closer to me”

Matthew 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Can you drink the cup?

I am sure many of us have asked ourselves often “Can I drink this cup” as life presents us with many challenges.

We are vacationing in sunny Tenerife with our son and his family. While away from home we lost a dear friend. It was very hard trying to make sense out of this loss. Knowing that he is with the Lord certainly helped. My youngest sister is also in a dire situation. There are times where I don’t know if I should ask the Lord to help her to let go of life to be with her Lord or to heal her. Only our Lord knows.  He knows when we empty our cup. We just put our trust in the Lord and ask Him to please hold our hand and never let go.

Did you ever feel this unbelievable overwhelming love and just knew Jesus was holding you?

He carried the cross to die for all of us. He loves us so much. By staying connected to Jesus we are also able to carry our cross and grow in His love. What a wonderful love this is. Every time we receive Holy Communion we receive His Body and Blood and renew our commitment to our one and only God, the One we allow to lead us through life. Thank You Lord for all Your Love.

The following is a quotation by Ron Hansen in the foreword to Henry Nouwen’s book Can You Drink the Cup?:

“Holding the cup of life is, for Nouwen, a way of looking critically at who we really are, accepting our various skills, inadequacies, and differences from others, rejoicing in our radical singularity. Lifting the cup ‘is an invitation to affirm and celebrate life together’.”

Starting the first Sunday in Tenerife we enjoyed celebrating mass with people from different countries where the word was spoken by a Spanish Priest translating the word into the German language. It felt wonderful to know we are all connected through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We also found English speaking services.

Let us also lift the cup to one another and celebrate our differences.

Have a Christ affirming Lenten experience where we also carry our cross with His love.

Your friend in Christ, Brunhilde

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

Save

Save

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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