My first thought for the photo challenge “radiant” issued by Jansen Photo was of a bride glowing on her wedding day. New parents gazing at their new bundle joy also came to mind. Then I thought of family and beautiful smiles at special events. While looking for smiles in the electronic files I was sidetracked by pictures of stained-glass windows.
The first photo was taken on the Pentecost Sunday my youngest niece was confirmed. I was struck by the dove at the top, the red glass, and the flames of fire – all symbols of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The blue glass makes me think of Baptism which is closely associated with Confirmation. The tree (could it be a vine?) and the branches remind me of Jesus (“I am the vine and you are the branches.” John 15:5). The butterflies symbolize resurrection and new life. Is the owl there for wisdom? Are the three eggs in the bird’s nest a symbol of the Trinity?
The next photo is of a window in the sanctuary at the same church. You can see greenery and grass through the clearer grass at the bottom of the window.
The most radiant window that I’ve photographed in the age of digital cameras was at a church I served in eastern Iowa. Here it is on an Easter Sunday.