Earlier today, my pastor, the Rev. Gary Schultz at Trinity Lutheran here in Wausau http://www.trinityonstewart.org, used this image as a Power Point slide for a sermon based on Luke 15:1-10 entitled “Lost, but Not the TV Show. The weather conditions outside were exactly the same as when the photo was taken, cloudy. Those conditions provide perfect lighting for stained glass windows as the light is even. Otherwise Jesus would have an over-powering halo that would wash everything else out.
Instead, we see Jesus as he is. He is the good shepherd who will seek and save the ones who are lost. All of us, especially me, would be lost.
I do photography because I have the gift of sight and I want to share with the world the things that I see and are beautiful. This window stands out because it is displayed as it was photographed with only the light that shines through it. The house lights in the sanctuary were off that afternoon and I had the sanctuary to myself. The darkness that surrounds the window with its wooden tracery allows the light from outside to bring the image alive in itself. After all, Jesus is the light of the world!