8.25.2007

Marking Myself a Christian

A very good friend of mine is getting married this afternoon. I'm officiating with two other ministers that I adore. So, I'm worrying about what to wear. Obviously. What else should I be doing?

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...

7 comments:

ppb said...

I LOVE James Avery.

Teri said...

You clearly need to go to Scotland and buy a trinity symbol from the silver shop on Iona. It may require staying a long time as she'll have to make it from scratch, of course.

I'm trying to get my act together enough to go to Scotland sometime in the next year. wanna come?

more cows than people said...

what a fun post! so what did you decide to wear? (dress wise, i mean!)

and thanks for making me think more about my always wearing a cross to mark myself as Christian. I'm o.k. with this, but... I'm such a trinitarian I really should get a Triquetra.

ooh... Teri... you didn't invite me, but I so wish...

but not this next year... must go back to school this next year...

Pastor Peters said...

Teri, that sounds awesome!!!! I think I would love that actually. Let's go.

MoreCows, I wore the dress I had planned on.

LittleMary said...

i have to check out this james avery. i like the fish symbolism, or i guess anything but the cross. which i wear if i need to, but i admit i don't like it so much. maybe you can tell james avery to make the trinity. i would wear that.

Pastor Peters said...

In case you are wondering, I ordered the Ichthus today.

LadyBurg said...

I Adore James Avery and have a bunch of their stuff. I like both.