The Believing Body
This image beckons back to a former time largely unfamiliar to the post-modern, cybernetic viewer. Conspicuously absent are the powerful chords that brought a different kind of "light" and energy to the world. Looming in the stark background is a misty coldness that seems to be steeling its way towards this huddled mass of "believers." Here, the chosen few are mimicking the living trees surrounding them, as they seek to grow deeper roots in the life-giving soil of their foundational faith. As the framing suggests, the living soul of lived-bodies is primary: The people are the church, and the church is for the people. The building of brick and mortar serves as a space for communal happenings and as a witness to the on-going act of incarnational living. The four walls are instrumental to the facilitation of the sacramental: A living community, this body of believers, the wise who are "like trees planted by the rivers of waters" meet here to collectively remember The Body of Christ and their mutual obligation to one another.
Finally, this post card offers us a social critique in the form of a paradox that sounds something like a riddle: The things missing from this picture are the things present in our contemporary lives. But, are the things missing in our overly-technologized lives to be found in the leanness of our past? Can looking back be a way of seeing forward? The post card is still speaking, still asking.