The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear?
In Ikon Amen you can see a picture of two worlds.
The world of light
The globe, held in God's hands, is surrounded by light colours that are clearly reflected against a dark background. They express the truth that the whole world is immersed in the mystery of God. The world, and man in it, was created by God as good and beautiful. The globe, surrounded by light, is a symbol of the NEW CITY of Jerusalem, and therefore of eternal happiness with God, to whom we all are invited. God calls each of us to holiness: "Be holy, because I am Holy" (1 Peter 1:16).
Each view of the other person is important. It can be like a lotion and soothe the pain or it can hurt. There is a gaze with love that opens us to love, and there is a hostile gaze that arouses fear and closes us to love.
See the way God is looking at you.
In the Icon Amen is placed the Eye of God - the Eye of Divine Providence. God the Father looks upon all peoples as His children with great tenderness, care and paternal love.
He sees us here and now. The eye of God catches our eyes, invites us to meet Him, our Beloved Father.
When the fullness of time came, God looked at Mary. It as a look full of love. He also looks at you and me in the same way.
Do you realize that God looks at you with longing, tenderness and love?
Do you wonder who you are to Him that He gives you that look?
Are you reflecting on who God is for you?
God looks at us and God speaks to us. God is the living Word: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1: 1). God made the world through the Word, but He moulded man with His hands.
On the Icon, God the Father is symbolized by the Hands. They embrace the whole world expressing God's great love and concern for the entire work of creation and for man, who is the crown of creation. God looks after the world, watches over it. We are in His good hands. God loves each of us with boundless, selfless love and wants us to give one another the same love, following His example. God wants our holiness and calls us to it. God wants eternal happiness for us, eternal salvation.
The Lord is the stronghold of my life
- of whom shall I be afraid?
God the Father is presented in the icon as the One who holds in His hands the globe and everything that exists in it. The greatest work of God is man. He was created in the image and likeness of God. It is God's desire that every person lives with Him in great intimacy. What distinguishes man from all other living creatures is his free will, thanks to which man can decide and make choices between good and evil. Unfortunately, man has lost his friendship with God through his disobedience. Choosing the path of sin, he turned away from God, rejected Him and His love.
God sees us even in the dark and is with us.
The icon Amen shows two triangles that resemble an hourglass. In one of them, there is the Eye of Providence, in the other the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove. These symbols resemble the words of Jesus: “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
The world of darkness
The dark colours of the icon represent the world in which we live. Today's world is full of darkness, so full of fear, anxiety, chaos and various threats lurking about us and stealthily creeping into our hearts. A man living in this world is deaf to God's voice. He is not aware that life without God means living in illusion and delusion.
Man succumbs to evil, which closes him off to God and others. He is characterized by selfishness, living only for himself, indifferent to others. When a man distances himself from God, he forgets Who created him, who he is, what he lives for and where he is going. Drowning in evil, he does not seek help from God.
He does not want to acknowledge or accept that he is weak and that he is not able to cope on his own. Having his own plans, projects for life he wants to accomplish them on his own terms. He believes that he is free, that he can choose what he thinks is right. He forgets that freedom without God always leads to slavery. A man enslaved by evil, by Satan, often hides his sin and drowns his conscience.
Am I vigilant, am I not tempted by an easy, comfortable life without God?
What kind of world do you live in?
Did you find yourself in the Icon?
The world of light or the world of darkness?
Each icon contains many symbols that are sometimes invisible to us or difficult to understand, so there is a need for clarification.
Explore the HIDDEN SYMBOLS in the Amen Icon.
The icon of Trust is characterized by specific signs that are seemingly invisible. There are hidden watermarks on the dark blue background that symbolize the world we live in. You can see them by staring carefully at the icon.
On the left side
of God's hand, we see the face of Christ in a crown of thorns.
Po prawej stronie dłoni Bog widzimy
of God's hand, a man with his back to Him.
The meaning of these symbols is as follows:
Christ continues to suffer because people turn their backs on God.
Both symbols are appalling. It is almost unbelievable how they came up with the icon Amen? They give thought.
The above-mentioned symbols were not originally planned. They were created spontaneously as a result of freehand movements and choice of shades of paint during painting.
Are You touched by it.?
What tell you the hidden symbols?
Christ died on the cross out of love for us. He wants to ignite our hearts with the fire of His love. Jesus wants us to be "sparkles" of His love in the world and thus lead others to God.
God never abandons us, even when it seems to us that all is lost and darkness engulfs us.
He gives us the light of knowing Him in Scripture.
In reference to these words, there are in the four corners of the picture, symbols of the four evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They remind us that the Gospel is like a compass - it shows the right, infallible path to a deeper knowledge of God and union with him. If we listen to God's Word, we will discover God's love for us and we will long for Him.
Do you have a longing to know God?