STAINED GLASS WINDOWS


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I love stained glass. When the sun is shining through the colored glass it looks like broken pieces of the rainbow arranged in beautiful patterns and designs, gracing our places of worship.

Where does the colored glass actually come from? Sand, soda ash, and lime, are melted together at high temperatures until the mixture become a syrupy mass. When this syrup cools, it becomes glass. Colored glass is made by adding chemicals into the mix. Particular chemicals create specific colors of glass. Amber or brown glass gets its color from iron sulphide. Iron-chromite creates shades of green; cobalt makes beautiful shades of blue. Nickel will give the glass a violet color and selenium will make red glass.

Why have I given you this chemistry lesson?

People are like stained glass. We’re made from basically the same stuff, often subjected to the metaphorical high heat. We come in a range of colors and sizes. Separate we may look oddly shaped or out of place, but put us together and look at the whole picture. Together, in the creator’s hands, we can create breathtaking images.

1 Corinthians 12:12-26  
12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free-and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

Walk in His Light,

Julie

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