By His Wounds | Good Friday
This image from a war memorial in Lucerne, Switzerland has haunted me for more than 30 years and
this is the second time I've used the image in a painting...
both times inspired and moved by the need to cling to something true
for myself and for others who are weary in the journey.
Theres something so healing and powerful in being reminded HE has gone before us:
HE KNOWS OUR SUFFERING, our betrayals, our loneliness, our failures and our weakness...
we were HIS enemies yet HE moved toward us in love.
As I ponder the Aslan figure from CS Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia who has become a big part of the story of my church and speaks courage to the heart of my dear pastor- this is really WHY I chose to step into this project for this time.
I believe the Trinity is longing to draw us - His Bride- into deeper intimacy with HIM as we slow down, listen, wait and engage with mystery. I believe by faith that HE desires to use BEAUTY in this next season to gently woo and lead our hearts toward deeper faith and extravagant worship.
The gold reminds me of the transfer of glory and power and life and love...
drained from Heaven and freely given to those who believe.
May we sink more deeply into the riches of His boundless grace, love, and mercy poured out for us through the gift given in
the pearl of great price.
As soon as I finished this piece -I knew I couldn't end the story in the grave...