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Light of the World: An Artist Series

Last month, we invited Blackhawk artists to create and share pieces in response to the prompt “Light of the World.”  

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) 

We received some beautiful pieces, and over the next few weeks, we will be sharing a portion of them here on the blog. As we observe the season of Advent and Christmas together as a community, we hope that this series of art helps you to experience the presence of God and the significance of Jesus’ incarnation in a richer way.


Artist: Greg Burcar

The blue and white swirl represents the living water through Christ our Lord and Savior. The gold is the Trinity reflecting off the sun’s brilliant light.


Artist: Diane Peters

This painting was taken from a photograph of Mennonite women walking a Florida beach in the bright sunlight. The sunlight is the subject of the painting. It illuminates, warms, produces shadows and reflections. The image for me of the women being Mennonite and “walking in the light” was striking. They reflect the light and seem crafted by the light.  What a great metaphor and visual of “walking in the light”. 


Artist: Nancy Cox

When I think about God as “Light of the World” his “otherness” comes to mind. My goal for this piece of art was to illustrate the extreme contrast between his light and our darkness. The intensity of the yellow (representing his light and holiness) is crucial in order to pierce through the darkness represented by the blue and violet hues. 

1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him, there is no darkness at all.