Thumbprint in the Clay
:"The thumbprint ... is for me a singular clue to human identity... . Just as each human thumbprint is unique, its pattern inscribed on the work of our hands and minds, the Creator's is even more so?the original thumbprints on...
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:"The thumbprint ... is for me a singular clue to human identity... . Just as each human thumbprint is unique, its pattern inscribed on the work of our hands and minds, the Creator's is even more so?the original thumbprints on the universe," declares poet Luci Shaw.We worship an endlessly creative God whose thumbprints are reflected everywhere we look?in sunsets, mountains, ocean waves?and in the invisible rhythms that shape our lives, such as the movement of planets around the sun. And this creative and ever-creating God has also left indelible thumbprints on us. We reflect God's imprint most clearly, perhaps, in our own creating and appreciation for beauty. A longing for beauty is inherent to being human. We don't create things that are purely practical; we desire them to be aesthetically pleasing as well. Beauty is also powerful, in its redemptiveness, generosity, inspiration. In reflecting on the role of beauty in our lives, Luci Shaw writes, "Beauty is Love taking form in human lives and the works of their hands."So come, join Luci Shaw as she ponders through the beauty of poetry and prose the places, sometimes unexpected, where she encounters God's fingerprints, and let it help you learn to see them in your life as well.
Luci Shaw graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, magna cum laude and is currently a writer-in-residence and lecturer at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada.
She has worked as a private Greek tutor, a free-lance editor, and an English stylist for The Living Bible and The Message. Shaw has also served as vice president, president and senior editor at Harold Shaw Publishers. She presently serves as Lay Eucharistic Minister and lector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bellingham, Washington.
Her poetry has been read on national television, and she has been interviewed on The Seven Hundred Club and Prime Time America. She has appeared in several magazine cover stories (such as in Today's Christian Woman and Christianity & the Arts), and many of her writings are being collected at the Buswell Library at Wheaton College in The Luci Shaw Collection.
She is the author of numerous books such as The Secret Trees (Campus Life Book of the Year) and God in the Dark (ECPA Gold Medallion Nominee). Shaw has also contributed poems and essays to many anthologies and periodicals such as Making Eden Grow (Scripture Union), Christianity Today and Reality & The Vision (Baker Book House). Her most recent poetry collections are Water Lines and The Green Earth (both Eerdmans). She is also coauthor of three books with Madeleine L'Engle, including Friends for the Journey.
- :preface1. Coffee Mugs2. The Faces Of The Earth3. Beauty, Its Shapes And Signs4. Markings Of Grace5. Determining Identity6. Pointers And Paths: The Forensics Of Discernment7. Indelible Impressions8. Seals Of Authenticity9. Remarking, Remaking10. Scars And Stains11. Marked For Suffering: Job And Jacob12. A Smeared Print13. God-printed Peopleconclusionnoteslist Of Poems