Wise Men in Training

Whistler | Nocturne:Blue and Gold, St Mark’s, Venice

wise men in training

WELCOME

Daniel is not just a children’s story. The book of Daniel is a complex text worth pursuing. At first glance, the book of Daniel begins with a somber view of defeat and sorrow. The young Hebrews were exiled to Babylon as a nation, Israel, and face the pressures of a foreign land, a foreign culture and a foreign religion where I see God moving people in a direction for the Messiah to come.

Parker Palmer echoes Daniel’s experience this way: “Split off from each other, neither darkness nor light is fit for human habitation,” he writes. “The moment we say ‘yes’ to both of them and join their paradoxical dance, the two conspire to make us healthy and whole.” Where does Daniel draw the line and can he survive and succeed in the School of Trials?

STORY @ Daniel 1

PAINTING
Whistler | Nocturne: ßlue and Gold, St Mark’s, Venice

Welcome to Babylon, the city of gold and architectural beauty. This painting conveys an image of unsurpassable might and glory, a shining representation of the gods they worshiped.

POEM
Wise Men in Training

When my world collapsed
I was taken captive
in the enemy empire
in the school of trials

we’re just wise men in training
we’re just wise men sustaining
we’re just wise men in training
we’re just wise men sustaining

kingdoms come
and kingdoms done
if you can’t see his hands
you can feel his love

§tacy §weeney