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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. John's Lutheran Church

Studio Name: Potter's Stained Glass Emporium

City: Dowagiac

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 2006

Subject/Title of Window: Ten Commandments

Brief Description of Subject: The tenth and final window is located in the bell tower. The sandstone seal below this window is the stone tablets on which the Lord wrote the ten commandments. The Ten Commandments show us how much we sin every day - “Through the law we become conscious of sin.” (Romans 3:20) For God’s children, the Law also serves another wonderful purpose in our lives, which is to guide us in the way we live our lives in thankfulness for all that He has done in saving us - “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

[This windows is a different size than the other nine, so the pattern had to be modified accordingly. Notice that the bottom window is a part of the whole picture, and not a separate scene like the other windows.]

The scene chosen to with this symbol is the crossing of the Red Sea. As the Lord led His children out of the land of Egypt, the Lord had Moses raise his staff over the waters, and they parted with a wall of water on each side for the children of Israel to pass through. “Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.” (Exodus 14:16) In His love, God always save us. Therefore we will gladly obey all that He commands.

The first of the two smaller symbols is a guardian angel whom God sends to watch over His children through all trials. “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” (Psalm 91:11) The second is an eagle, which reminds us that God will never leave or abandon His children. “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
(Isaiah 40:31)

Height: 77"

Width: 23"

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass, Antique or Cathedral Glass, Lead Came, Copper Foil

Ten Commandments
Ten Commandments

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