Reflections on Advent: A Way of Peace

Post Author: Mary Allison Cates

The quote from James Agee ties the images together: “In every child who is born, the potentiality of the human race is born again, and of each of us, our terrific responsibility toward life, and the utmost idea of God.”

According to the artist, “New life happens, even in the face of global warming, war, poverty, and interpersonal conflict. May our saving Lord Jesus Christ be born in us again this Advent season, so that we may respond to our broken world by creating a way of peace.”

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Mary Allison Cates is a part-time minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a full time mom. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School and Rhodes College and resides in Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband Andy and son McCool (15 months).

Image by: Mary Allison Cates
Used with permission
11 replies
  1. Tiffany says:

    I love, love, love these. The 3rd one with the Memphis skyline is my favorite, and I would think especially meaningful for your church. Thank you for sharing your thought-provoking, hopeful art.

  2. Viki Matson says:

    Divinity Girl:
    I absolutely LOVE these prints!! ANd your explanation is amazing. I would love to have a copy of the bulletins to put on my office door during Advent.
    Great work!

  3. Sunny says:

    MA- I absolutely love these. They are beautiful- and remind us of how Christ continues to come into the world bringing hope in the midst of brokenness and desperation. Well done.


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