“She poured her life into others and made them feel special.” Those were words spoken about a dear family friend, Betty James, at her funeral in 2015.
In that same year I had also just participated in Platicas, a women’s ministry in San Antonio led by Artist and Pastor Enedina Vasquez.
Women, created in the Image of God, gathering, opening, lamenting, supporting, walking with one another in honesty and trust… What a sacred gift to be loved by women.
I remember the first time God being referred to in the feminine rocked my world. Sadly, I can’t find a clip for confirmation, but this is how I remember it: In a Sanford and Son show, Fred was reading a poster about God in his new boss’s office. This new boss was female and he was challenged by that. In searching for common ground, he was reading a poster in her office that listed the attributes of God. As he read aloud, he was becoming more and more convinced that they indeed had something important in common. That is, until he came to the end, when he read the last words, “Praise Her.”
I swear I felt the spirit of my preteen self soar to new heights that day.
“Seven Years of Wonder” is a daily look back at my creative journaling posts since 2014. I began this journey on Feb. 11, 2021, and hope to continue through Feb. 10, 2022. What am I learning about my art and faith journey thus far? What has remained constant? Where have I been changed? How is this impacting present and future art-making?
A deep bow of gratitude to you for keeping me company on this journey.