Imago Dei

Imago Dei

February 1, 2012

In his essay, In the Image of God, Bruce C. Birch mentions that “To be created in the image of God brings with it the commission to care for the earth.” I was commissioned to care for a cat for 16 years. He showed me how finite life is. I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that he so quickly expended his time – his entire existence – in this world. It wasn’t, and will never be for many of us from our earthly perspective, enough.

As I labored over this sketch, I came to realize the significance of creation. Creation allows us to restore to life things that once were. God blessed us with the capacity to do as he did – to breathe life in a certain sense. I spent many days mourning the loss of my friend. But in creating, I found an outlet to finally celebrate life rather than grieve its loss. I chose to celebrate Buttons. I chose charcoal because I could get messy and become a part of the image, just as Buttons is a part of me. I stroked his fur into existence; I rubbed his eyes into a living black. Finally, after watching him slowly take form, I felt like he was there in the room with me.

He appeared to be gazing right back, thanking me for allowing us to see one another again.

Dr. Richard T. Hughes
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