Angela Smith: May 2017
I have been told by a member of Aylesbury Methodist Church, that one afternoon, when she happened to enter the building, she found it bathed in a most beautiful rose coloured light. The sun had struck the circular window above the balcony at a certain angle and the result was spectacular. It was if the quotation from Ezekiel chapter 44 verse 4 was coming true. It reads, "I looked and saw the glory of the Lord filling the temple."
While chatting in the Church Coffee Bar one morning, my attention was drawn to the framed description of the David Wasley Window. I read it carefully and decided to copy it out, so that I could study it at leisure. Then I walked to the opposite end of the Church to see this window, high up near the roof. Like my friend, mentioned above, I was filled with awe. I took photographs of it, so that with the aid of a magnifying glass, I could appreciate its symbolism and meditate upon it.
There I found the circle, which represents the universe with all created things and the symbol of eternal with God and the healing mandala shape, with the star-like cross reminding us of Christ's life and death. The indescribable Holy Spirit is depicted as coming to the apostles as tongues of flame (Acts 2 verse 3) bringing the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, healing, miracles, prophecy and what David calls charity. (Corinthians 12 verse 8)
On either side of the central window are lights with other symbols — on the left an escallop shell associated with baptism and pilgrimage and adopted as a symbol of Methodism, and on the right the dove of peace amid air, fire and water.
Thank you, David Wasley, for giving me a lot to think about.
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