I don't know much about the sacraments. I grew up Baptist, so I'm pretty sure I never even heard the word "sacrament" until I was in my 20's. But I'm reading a book about the sacraments now, so illustrating them seemed like a way to explore them a bit more intimately.
Let me make a quick correction. The book I'm reading isn't really about the sacraments. It's about life and church and long journeys. It uses the sacraments like pillars. They structure the story but they aren't the only part of it. They're part of the story like I suspect the sacraments should be a part of life. Not separate, but intertwined like a thread you can't quite pick out because it's part of the whole.
Like I said, I don't know much about the sacraments, but I do know about baptism. (Grew up Baptist, remember?) So Baptism seemed like a good sacrament to start with. (Plus it's the first one in the book!)
Baptism was also an easy beginning because it has powerful imagery built in. Baptism evokes ascending doves and flowing rivers, death and life and water everywhere. Baptism isn't passive, it isn't quiet, it isn't slow and it's never done alone.
So here are my Baptism birds. They're ascending and splashing and living all together. And it's kind of normal. Birds splash. They live. Baptism is a big event, but maybe it's also just part of life. Oh, and that book I'm reading? It's Searching For Sunday by Rachel Held Evans. You'll hear a little more about it and the sacraments over the next few blog posts, so stay tuned. If you're interested in prints from this series, you can find them here.