Quarantine Soul Care: The Image of God

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Lying at the foot of the bed is a book on the iconography of the Transfiguration. The image on the cover is a reproduction of an eleventh-century fresco. … Its center is dark blue, and the radiance emanating from Jesus is represented by two outer rings that are progressively lighter in hue.

My two-year-old daughter is standing at the foot of the bed, her chin resting on the mattress right beside the book cover. I look into her eyes, still teary from a tantrum she just threw. Already this morning, she’s stretched my patience thin to breaking. … There is an irrationality particular to willful toddlers that leaves me so frustrated I feel myself teetering in the verge of violence.

And that’s when I look up and see in her eyes the same sphere of radiant blue that encompasses Christ in the fresco—her dark inscrutable iris, ringed by smoky blue, surrounded by milky white. The light in her eyes perfectly mirrors the Transfiguration. … This child who whittles my patience down to nothing has that same light in her eyes—if I can see past my frustration to that indelible image stamped into her being—the image of God.

Here I am still blurry from sleeplessness but immediately aware that I have to wake up to that image. The shine exposes the flint in my heart—my impatience, my self-centeredness—and it forces me to confront my sin and weakness and ask the Lord to change me. That’s the power of the shine—it leaves me longing to be illuminated, more responsive, more radiant.


We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright!

–1 Corinthians 13:12, The Message

May today leave you shining in the radiance of a God who loves you, whose very image is reflected in the people shining all around you. #quarantinesoulcare Click To Tweet

Today’s reading was taken from Given: The Forgotten Meaning and Practice of Blessing by Tina Boesch.

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