Stricken, smitten, and afflicted, see him dying on the tree!
‘Tis the Christ by man rejected; yes, my soul, ’tis he, ’tis he!
‘Tis the long-expected Prophet, David’s son, yet David’s Lord;
by his Son God now has spoken: ’tis the true and faithful Word.
Tell me, ye who hear him groaning, was there ever grief like his?
Friends thro’ fear his cause disowning, foes insulting his distress;
many hands were raised to wound him, none would interpose to save;
but the deepest stroke that pierced him was the stroke that Justice gave.
Ye who think of sin but lightly nor suppose the evil great
here may view its nature rightly, here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the sacrifice appointed, see who bears the awful load;
’tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed, Son of Man and Son of God.
Here we have a firm foundation, here the refuge of the lost;
Christ’s the Rock of our salvation, his the name of which we boast.
Lamb of God, for sinners wounded, sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded who on him their hope have built.
words – “Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted” by Thomas Kelly (1804)
image – “The Raising of the Cross” by Rembrandt (c 1633)
Thanks to Marina and Andrew over at Row Three for finding this video, from the TV competition Ukraine’s Got Talent. Once in a while something truly brilliant comes to light from these shows, and Kseniya Simonova’s incredible sand-painting certainly qualifies. Simonova uses sand, light, and music to convey stories from Ukraine’s history – constantly shifting the images from one thing into another as she goes along. Marina pointed out that we’re seeing it “created and destroyed with every movement,” and that, I think, is a huge part of what makes it so amazing – we’re witnessing both the creative and destructive nature of art played out before our eyes, and each creation requires the destruction of the previous to exist. And yet, many times the destruction isn’t entire; rather, it’s a morphing from one thing to another – some things changing due to the changed context rather than in their own essence. Even without being intimately familiar with the Ukrainian history portrayed, this video moved me to tears. Another short is in two parts on YouTube, here and here.
I don’t really get into Second Life (the client tends to crash my computer, for one thing), but this video shows what lovely things can be made in it with enough time and ability at manipulating its objects. It’s Van Gogh’s Starry Night recreated in 3D almost from scratch, set to the Don McLean’s lovely song “Vincent.” This is an older video, but I still like it.