Imagining the Apostles’ Creed

Some years ago, our minister admonished us to repeat the Apostles’ Creed regularly. Although I memorized the Creed, my mind often wandered as I fell into rote memorization, merely providing lip service to words that should motivate my existence. To force myself to focus on the meaning, I began to visualize those words, and the visualization became so intense that at times I found myself cringing as I witnessed the crucifixion. Below, you’ll find the Apostles’ Creed with an explanation of my visualizations below each line.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
A light so white, so bright mortal eyes cannot look upon the Light.

Creator of heaven and earth,
A lush green and blue sphere bathed in light and surrounded by a brilliant blue sky.

and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
The manger, the Baby, the Light, the love.

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
A soft, warm mist like morning fog as it rises from the waters.

born of the Virgin Mary,
A humble young girl with captivating eyes who bows her head.

suffered under Pontius Pilate,
A young man drops to his knees as a whip lashes and cuts creases across his bare back.

was crucified,
The hammer strikes again and again as spikes are driven into the kind and caring hands of the gentle Jesus.

died
From the raised cross he cries “It is finished,” and breathes his last, the reality of “He endured all this for you!” evident in the blood leaking from his many wounds

and was buried;
The cross lowered, and his limp and abused body is taken to the tomb where the women weep as they cleanse and cover him with a shroud.

He descended into hell;
From amongst the rocks, the stone rolls away. The tomb is empty, and he is gone.

on the third day He rose again from the dead;
The arisen Jesus in a room with his followers, celebrating with love and laughter and promise.

He ascended into heaven,
He ascends as the saints, with arms extended, welcome and praise Jesus at Heaven’s Gate.

and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
Heaven’s light grows brighter as Jesus takes his seat at the right hand of the Holy Father.

from there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
With pained expression, Jesus returns to the earthly realm to pass judgement on all.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The Spirit as bright light dwells within me, helping me navigate the treacherous paths ahead.

the holy catholic church,
One family of Christian churches linked by love for Abba and the one true Savior.

the communion of Saints,
All the Saints praying for our redemption.

the forgiveness of sins,
Christ as he intercedes for me before the Father, and a wash of light as I am forgiven yet again.

the resurrection of the body,
The spiritual body as it floats upward toward the Light to be welcomed home.

and life everlasting.
A daily dream of heaven where I am greeted with a love that surpasses earthly understanding.

Amen.

May we never stop cringing as we live what Christ died to give to us.

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”
—Luke 23:34 (KJV)

Sandra Jones Cropsey is a playwright, novelist, and children’s writer. Her novel Who’s There was a finalist for the 2008 “Georgia Book of the Year” and was produced as a play in 2010 by the Main Street Players. In 2009, she received a grant to produce her children’s story, Tinker’s Christmas, as a radio drama. Presently, she is working on scheduling a reading of her new play, “All My Trials, Lord.” She writes at cropseyauthor.com.

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