Saturday, April 2, 2011

I Was Blind, But Now I See

A fabulous group of women met at my home on Wednesday night for the purpose of digging a little deeper into the upcoming Gospel reading. We put a bit of a spin on it and I'd like to share with you what we did.

The story is about a man born blind. Jesus heals him. We talked a lot about spiritual blindness and spiritual sight.

As an exercise in helping us wrap our minds around all that this gospel story has to offer, we started the evening off in the craft studio. There we filled our paper plates with different colors of paint. We blindfolded ourselves and began to paint a flower on a 6x12 canvas.

Some of us were planners and marked our paper plates in some way so that just by touch, we could tell where our colors were. Some of us used tools - paintbrushes or our fingers. We listened to meditative music as we each created a beautiful flower.

When time was up, we took off our blindfolds to discover what we had created. It was an awesome experience to see what each woman had come up with.

We then made our way upstairs to the incensed, candle-lit "study" room to discuss our experience in conjunction with the gospel story. As our canvases dried, we shared our hearts with each other, grew from each other's experiences and learned how God was visibly working in each of our lives.

At the end of our discussion time, we went back down to the studio to put any finishing touches on our canvases, now that we could "see". We each had a strip of paper that said, "I was blind, but now I see" to finish off our creations. Pictured above is mine. I really wish I had taken photos of all of the women's art. Each one was unique and spoke volumes of who we are as God's creation.

Thanks to all of you who were there. It was a very special time. I can't wait until this Wednesday night.



Cricket said...

That sounds like such an amazing experience Diane! Thanks for sharing your canvas, it's beautiful!


Jan B said...

Wow, that's really cool. There's nothing like getting together with women to share our hearts. I meet for breakfast once a month with a group of women and we share how God has been working in our lives and we pray for each other. Amazing time. Love your idea! Blessings...

Jo-Anne said...

wanted to say I love you ....thats all...amen!