I think the weirdest thing is that the person you’re going to marry and spend the rest of your life together with is currently walking the earth, living their own life, going to school or going to work or whatever, doing all these things and making all these memories that you’ll get to hear about from them years from now.
I want to know which doors are good ones and which ones are bad and to be able to make my own decisions weighed with heavenly wisdom. I feel like I’ve just been idly guessing my life by recently- wondering what you’re up to or even if you’re here with me hearing my prayers.
We should go after the things we want as long as we keep you first. But it seems so hard! Lord forgive me for being dichotomous…I may seek things that are good that you have created for me to enjoy and love- while at the same time being able to walk hand in hand with you. I guess I feel like you’re a fuddy-duddy who never wants to have fun or excitement.
Lord guide me- help me- and please be with me. I need discernment and strength most of all. I don’t want to idly go by anymore.
If I date you,
I see myself marrying you.
I see myself building with you.
I see myself growing with you.
I don’t date just to pass time.
I’m dating you because I see potential in you.
I wish people would stop hating on the European painters who drew Jesus as white. Whenever I draw him I prefer making him dark haired and dark skinned, but why would I belittle another person’s spiritual work on something as petty as skin color?
Jesus - and other figures - are often painted in a way that reflects the artist’s culture. Go to Africa, and you will find icons of an African Jesus. Look up the traditional Chinese silk paintings: if they were depicting Jesus, he always looked Chinese. For every ethnicity, nationality, race, tribe, and culture that makes artwork of Jesus or other holy people, they will create them in their image.
And guess what? Apparitions of Mary are known to resemble the people she approaches. Our Lady of Guadeloupe, anyone? She appeared resembling an Aztec princess, and we all know that she was never a native of mesoamerica. Does that mean the Holy Mother was lying about who she was? Of course not; God and the saints are beyond nitpicking the skin color people see them with, as they are more concerned in allowing people to connect with Christ.
So, yeah, light-skinned artists painted a light-skinned Jesus. They weren’t “inventing” anything; they were simply expressing their personal spirituality and attempting to connect with the Divine in a way they could do so the way they understood. Just like the rest from Africa, Asia, and the other non-white places of the world. And there is nothing wrong with that.
I would like some evidence of Chinese and African depicted jesus
I totally believe you, but i want to see.
I always imagined Jesus being tan-skinned or the like. Not completely dark but at the same time not completely white.
It’s all in the area.
So no more “Why do European artists depict Jesus as white?”passive-aggresive stuff.