Michelangelo’s Prisoners

Michelangelo_Slaves_Prisoner_Prigioni_Florence_ItalyAlthough these statues, collectively referred to as the Prisoners, are unfinished, they are housed under the same roof as the masterpiece David in The Accademia Gallery. Simply because they are Michelangelo’s creations, they are revered as some of the most beautiful sculptures. Rick Steves observes that the statues appear to be “fighting to free themselves from the stone. […] struggling against the rock that binds [them].” What a picture of humanity.

Everyone is a work in progress. Fortunately, as Ashley Peak reflects on in her blog post, “We don’t have to be fine and finished to be vessels or mouths of light, truth, and beauty.” God sees what is not yet and speaks as though it already is. As we seek to become the individuals He created us to be, we can rest assured that our value and identity is already secure, simply because we are His.

1 Peter 2:5
“you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”


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