Calligraphy (Colossians 1:15)

“May I borrow your notes from yesterday’s biology lecture? I missed class yesterday.”

“Sure thing.” I handed my notes to my friend. The next day, he returned my notes and shook his head. “You write like a doctor! Just chicken scratch. I had to get someone else’s notes just to read yours.”

Prescient words uttered by my college classmate. In spite of years of practice and admonitions from teachers and colleagues, I have obdurately clung to my poor cursive handwriting skills. The irony is that while my handwriting is atrocious and I dislike writing because I type faster than I write, I have a great respect for those who are gifted with the skill of elegant cursive handwriting and calligraphy. Cursive handwriting forms the basis of calligraphy, which is more formalized and intricate with deliberate strokes. The elegant strokes of calligraphy on an embroidered envelope are soaring musical notes in an endless sea of tonedeaf pedantic flyers advertising discounts on needless services. 

I was dismayed to learn that as part of the Common Core State Standards, instituted in 2009 for the revised educational protocols for public schools, learning cursive handwriting is no longer a requirement. Instead, there is focus on learning keyboard skills since by using computers and smart devices, every font of calligraphy can be reproduced. While this is a boon for publishers and the layperson who seeks to incorporate these fonts into their documents and announcements, it diminishes the beauty of creating and viewing an original cursive or calligraphy style. When one views the original, no matter how precise the copy, there is a grandeur and splendor that can never be replicated.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Colossians 1:15 (NKJV)

Every religion is founded by a great teacher or prophet: Zoroaster, Buddha, Mohammad, Baha’ullah, Sri Rama Krishna. Their teachings and followers gave rise to religions that are still practiced today. Yet, all of these founders died as men. Only Christianity unequivocally states that its founder, Jesus Christ, is God. He died in a public crucifixion and three days later was raised from the dead proving that He is truly God, conquering sin and death. We may see the power and splendor of God in nature and His creation but only Jesus Christ reveals the true nature of the invisible God in a way that no man or creature can ever do.

Like a master of calligraphy, when one meets Jesus Christ, we are witness to a grandeur and splendor that can never be replicated by any mortal prophet or teacher. He is the original.

He is God.

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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