Sunday, February 27, 2011

Windows of Faith

I've admired the windows in my church for years and decided to share them with my readers on Sunday. Each Sunday I will feature two stained-glass windows along with an explanation of each window. Previous windows can be viewed by typing "Windows of Faith" in the search box in the top left corner.

Dove and Tablets of Stone windows

The most used and most authentic symbol of the Holy Spirit is the descending dove. It is based on the account of the baptism of our Lord. The dove is one of the earliest forms used to represent the Holy Spirit. This window includes seven flames which refer to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit as taken from Revelation 5:12 - power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and blessing.

When man fell into sin, the knowledge that he had of God's will, written in his heart, was sadly blurred, yet not entirely effaced, a remnant remained. The natural knowledge of the Law is true, as far as it goes, but it is not perfect. In order that we might have a better knowledge of God's Law, He revealed it on Mount Sinai, as recorded in Deuteronomy 10:2, "At that time the Lord said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount, and make thee an ark of wood, and I will write on the tables the words that were in the first tables which thou brakest." The symbol on this window reminds us of the Ten Commandments and our duty to "love the Lord, thy God, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and thy neighbor as thyself."

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