1. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I picture God as a perfect circle, without beginning or end, the alpha and omega, without flaw. The circle itself (or chords of the circle soldered together at each end) appears throughout the piece, wherever God, or God's influence, is pictured.

2. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord.
I picture Christ as a circle, symbolizing God, inside the outline of a human, symbolizing the son of man, with an expression showing that he has the weight of the world on his shoulders.
3. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit …
I picture Mary containing a small silver egg that will become Christ. I picture the power of the Holy Spirit as a circle from God, enveloping her to make the human egg at once the son of man and the Son of God.
4. and born of the Virgin Mary.
I see Mary beatified, with God's presence in the halos that surround her head, about to deliver Jesus. Jesus always is pictured with silver wire. I always picture God in him in the form of a silver circle.
5. He suffered under Pontius Pilate …
Jesus' suffering was more than any other human could bear. I picture the agony of his flagellation and scourging, while a Roman soldier, whose very arm and hand are one with the whip he is laying on Jesus' back, pillories him. Still, even the soldier has some of God's presence, as he enables Jesus to obey his father's will.

6. was crucified, died, and was buried.
I picture Jesus bound to a distorted and grotesque cross, pulled back in agony with his head bowed, as he obediently endures the torture of being crucified to death. His death, as the son of man, is human and real. This is not the cross I picture as the icon of my Christian faith.
7. He descended into hell.
I picture hell more as a condition of torment for sinners unwilling or unable to be forgiven than as a place. I picture clusters of sinners jammed together suffering under the influence of Satan. When Christ comes to them, he forgives them and Satan's instrument of torment is diminished (depicted here as a bent pitchfork). Those of God are always pictured as whole or partial circles. Satan is pictured as an open, inverted arc, unable to contain God's blessing of forgiveness.
8. On the third day he rose again.
I picture the open tomb, with the sealing rock rolled aside, and Christ standing nearby, wearing double silver robes. Though he died in rags, I picture him he rising in robes of silver.
9. He ascended into heaven ...
I picture heaven as being home with God. I picture Jesus ascending in a brilliant beam of light, the glory of which literally pierces through him. When pilloried by Pilot, he was bent over with his legs splayed out in agony. When ascending, the pose is paralleled in form, but shining in brilliance and glory.
10. and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
I have learned the universe to be symmetrical and balanced. For every up, there is a down. For every right, there is a left. I picture Jesus at God's right, and the woman who cared for him at God's left.
11. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I picture the ascended Christ, and all that are in God, sitting together at a table and looking at me, wanting me to be one with all others. I sadden them when I can't. I am sorry to sadden God, and this saddens me. Thus, I am judged, now and when I am gone and can no longer correct my mistakes with others.
12. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
I picture the Holy Spirit as a cloud of flowing, intermingled crosses, blended with the presence of God as a circle, expanding and changing each cross' timbers from their earlier purpose of torture into soft clouds of comfort.
13. the holy catholic Church,
I picture the Church as a collection of smaller churches, each stacked on each other over the decades, building an ever-larger body of Christ and raising His cross to heaven.
14. the communion of saints,
I picture us all becoming more God-like (thus the complete circles), by accepting the body and blood of Jesus in the bread (the straight wires) and the wine (the open cups). I picture this acceptance binding us together into the body of Christ
15. the forgiveness of sins,
I picture us leaning against God as our foundation, repentant all from the lowest to the highest, as our sins are forgiven by the hand of God resting on each of our bowed heads. Much as a plant, we grow to God.
16. the resurrection of the body,
As luminous flames reduce wood to formless ashes, I picture the resurrection of the body as a clean and bright flame rising as a spiritual body from the formless ashes of death and decay.
17. and the life everlasting.
I picture a beautiful, bright cross as the personal symbol of my Christian faith. The cross has four circular representations of God with us, as Father, Mother, Son, and Spirit, one at then end of each arm. Behind the brilliant cross are three concentric circles, symbolizing me in Christ, and Christ in God (John, 17, 23), each with life everlasting.

18. Amen
So be it.

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