Icon surprises

As I walked a neighbourhood I usually drive, I stumbled on this:


The icon drew me across the street to see what it was.  My actual thought was I should go check that out.  If it was in a museum, I would pay attention.


When I got closer, I saw that it was actually a modern rendition of an icon.


And then I saw the words, and I was powerfully moved.


“Who lives in humility.”  Isn’t that what humility does?  Someone draws me in.  I recognize something about them is attractive, and then I see the uniqueness of the person, and all of sudden, almost missed, it becomes apparent that this person lives in humility.

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who,

though he was in the form of God,

did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,

but emptied himself,

by taking the form of a servant,

being born in the likeness of men.

And being found in human form,

he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,

even death on a cross.

Therefore God has highly exalted him and

bestowed on him the name that is above every name,

so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

(Philippians 2:1-11 ESV)


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