It's a luau. God bless her. There will be a pig roast and we were encouraged to dress festive. I took this seriously and bought an $8 dress that I do not especially love. But, it captures that Hawaiian fun (and isn't terribly unattractive in doing so). But, I also have the black strapless dress that would be cute and simple. And that might win with the fun shoes. Obviously.
But, all of this has me thinking about how I mark myself as a Christian. I've been thinking about this for a while now. While I understand and value the symbolism of the cross and I wear one, it's not a simple that offers me freedom. At certain times, it does work for me. But, it's not the image of liberation that really fits with who I am as a Christian. I'm really more of an Incarnational Christian than the death and ressurection stuff. I'm Passionate, but... well we can talk theology later.
So, I'm thinking about what kind of image I would like to wear upon my chest. Mostly, I have been thinking about the symbol for the Trinity which is called the Triquetra. The triquetra has three equal arcs that emphasize equality among the three Persons of the Trinity. These arcs are interwoven without a beginning or
end, like God the Alpha and Omega. No part is better. No part is primary. All parts -- Creator, Christ and Spirit -- are all one. I like that. But, I can only find charms that are just ho hum. Like this one:
So, I'm not sure I really want to wear that and I can't fin anything better. Which makes me wonder what James Avery has. No Trinity. Sniff sniff. Do you know James Avery? I love his stuff. James Avery creates some beautiful crafts -- though there are lots and lots of crosses. And as you might be guessing, I'm looking for something else. But, I did find a pretty Script Ichthus that actually looks something like an AIDS ribbon. (I kinda like that.) I admit that my seminary studies is failing me on remembering why we are all about the fish. But, James Avery explains:
The Ichthus represents an ancient symbol for Jesus. In Greek, the first letters of the words, "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior" spell ichthus, the greek word for fish. The fish symbol is one of the earliest signs for Jesus Christ and was used by early Christians as an "underground" method of identification. The ichthus also suggests the theme "fishers of men", which is what Jesus promised to make Andrew, Peter, James, and John, all fishermen by trade; if they followed Him. They were His first disciples.
I like the "underground" symbolism. Even though I don't like fish. I don't eat it. Maybe that makes it even more appropriate. I don't know...