When I began this series, I spent a few weeks thinking, praying, and centering my heart on the task ahead of me. Never before have I taken this amount of time for preparation. But suffering takes time. Time to sink; time to respond; time to heal. And so I immersed myself within the journey and I asked myself, 'What story do I want to tell?'
This question haunted me. I couldn't paint on suffering and also end on suffering? For suffering is part of a greater whole—how would we know light without dark? There was a greater story that needed be told.
And so I cut out photos and pinned up colors on my wall. I reflected on how to reveal this story in color. I considered the way light embraces the dark. And finally, I began to paint.
I painted for my own pain. I painted for yours. I painted for the journey.
For there is glory in the rescue.
And so this is my prayer behind this series - that you might find grace within the suffering. I am thrilled to share this with you and I pray diligently for your hearts as you encounter the road ahead.
If you'd like to see this series in person, it will be on display at The Village Church in Flower Mound (2101 Justin Rd., Flower Mound, TX 75028) beginning this Saturday, March 4th through April 30th.
There will be an Art Show this Saturday, March 4th from 4:00 - 5:00 PM featuring Guy Delcambre and myself. Guy is a storyteller poet, whose work on suffering and grace continues to bring me to tears. We'd love to see you there and continue the conversation!