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About the Mountain print

This print is about the spiritual discipline of anticipation. I created it on my computer with Adobe Illustrator in 2002 and originally used it for a Christmas card. For me, Christmas is really about anticipation for God’s restoration of the earth and all the cultures within it.

As children, we anticipated receiving presents at Christmas time. As adults, we anticipate giving presents—especially to children. We love watching the delight and joy on their faces as they open their packages. It is fun. We love to see them so happy. Yet Jesus said that our generosity toward children is nothing compared to the love and care which God the Father shows us. We are told that what we enjoy of Him now is only the down payment of what is to come. How much more must God anticipate the joy of giving us the ultimate Present?

Toys and the “sparkle season” are for children. We’re still waiting for the rest of our Present. He said He would bring with Him a new heavens and a new earth. Romans 8 says the creation itself groans in expectation. We groan too. Every Christmas is another reminder that He has not returned yet. So the season of Christmas—and especially of Advent—is another opportunity to practice what I call the spiritual discipline of anticipation. As C.S. Lewis says:

If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is itself no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
—C.S. Lewis, from The Weight of Glory

Infinite joy is what is this print is about. There will come a day when people won’t be terrorizing each other and casting fear like a shroud over the earth. It will be obvious who God is, and no one will fight about it anymore. Those of us who love Jesus won’t be able to take our eyes off of Him, partly because of His beauty and partly because it is only He who can save us from God’s searing, purifying judgment. Wrongs will be made right. Life will be fair. And then, as C.S. Lewis also says, “the bad dream will be over; it will be morning.”

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