December 3

“Each mystery points to another…”


2012 – The following reflection was written after a visit to the Detention Center in Houston:

A Swan Prayer for Our Sister – We admired her handiwork, the colorful, woven paper swans all in a row. She was proud of her work, her eyes showed it. I wanted to ask her what she thought about as she created her masterpieces. I wondered if in her culture, they also told the story of the ugly duckling, the ugly ducking that in the end, becomes a beautiful swan. Although I don’t know the artist’s name, I remember her face. Her reality is far from beautiful now. Separated from her children, I’m sure her heart aches to be with them again. Let us pray a swan prayer over her life, that it may be restored to beauty. Loving God, grant her family the grace and beauty of the swan. Amen.

2013

2014 – Romans Bible Study with Pastor Emmanuel

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019 – a watercolor reflection for my Aunt June

2020

“…each mystery points to another. Despite wondrous advances, we are no closer to the ‘truth’ of the cosmic plan today than we were when humans first observed the wonder of an isolated atom or night sky. However, there are fascinating scientific speculations that can inform our cultural tasks.” —Barbara A. Holmes, Race and the Cosmos, p. 204

“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.

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