Shirazeh Houshiary's Warped Window at London’s Church of St. Martin
East Window is an installation created by Iranian artistShirazeh Houshiary, is located in the east window at Church of St. Martin in the Fields (Trafalgar Square, London). Reminiscent of a cross, the horizontal and vertical lines move towards a central opening that allows light to pass through. While it may seem a bit radical for a neoclassical church built in 1726, it still seems strangely appropriate as it reminds us that churches can serve as a portal to a higher power.
The original window was destroyed during the air raids of WWII and the constantly-lit portal at the center of the new design reminds us that while everything changes, there is still a light at the end of the tunnel, even at the darkest of times.
In other words the preaching of forgiveness must always go hand-in-hand with the preaching of repentance, the preaching of the gospel with the preaching of the law. Nor can the forgiveness of sin be unconditional—sometimes sin must be retained. It is the will of the Lord himself that the gospel should not be given to the dogs…. If the Church refuses to face the stern reality of sin, it will gain no credence when it talks of forgiveness. Such a Church sins against its sacred trust and walks unworthily of the gospel. It is an unholy Church, squandering the precious treasure of the Lord’s forgiveness. Nor is it enough to simply deplore in general terms that the sinfulness of man infects even his good works. It is necessary to point out concrete sins, and to punish and condemn them.The Cost of Discipleship (via shortbreadsh)