“When the image is new, the world is new.” — Gaston Bachelard

I remember where I was sitting the first time I heard the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song Rebels. What it was like hearing that tone and voice that solely belongs to Petty belt “I was born a rebel, down in dixie on a Sunday morning, with one foot in the grave and one foot on the pedal, yeah I was born a rebel.” It was a spiritual moment. The world was new to me. I saw Petty in a different light. A new image.

I remember how I felt about art. Typically unaffected by its beauty, irregularity of style, the different perspectives of artists, the different mediums. It wasn’t until I met my wife (who is an artist) that my perspective on art changed. The world was new. Images now filled with complexities reflecting different artists and the world they were seeing.

When the image is new, the world is new.

“Whoever is in Christ is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come.”

The image for you is new. So the world is new. Today, this day, and ever. New.

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