Friday, February 18, 2011

an icon of the everyday: Mary holding the digital (to)day

I arrived at work to find this delightfully random moment …

I am in the midst of writing a course for distance. It’s all pretty chaotic, both in my head, on my desk and around my office floor. Before I left last night, I cleared my desk and placed a piece of paper on the noticeboard – a printed page of icons. Each icon signals the need for a student to read, to www, to reflect, to discuss, to do, to write, to media, to send.

Anyhow, overnight the “icon” paper had fallen. It had come to rest on my Mary icon (which I painted a number of years ago, and sits on my desk as a silent plea for me and my work).

So as I arrived today the paper icon, my workload, had randomly come to rest in Mary’s arms. Digital icon held by my ancient painted icon. A nicely random moment, an icon for my everyday, a random reminder to my cluttered head as it progresses throughout the day.

For more I’ve written on icons of Mary, prayer, mission and the church, go here

Posted by steve at 08:54 AM


  1. You painted that??…Beautiful face!!!

    Comment by Ingrid — February 18, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

  2. Thanks Ingrid. Yes I did (start to) paint it, at a 2 day icon painting workshop I attended back in the 90s. It is not finished – needs more highlights but sits on my desk. One of my hopes in moving to Adelaide was more time to paint icons. I’ve started to get the necessary supplies but the job has ensured I’ve yet to actually do anything.

    maybe this year 🙂


    Comment by steve — February 18, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

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