December 16

From time to time I’ve thought about Saralinda, the woman described in the 2019 post. I am grateful to have what I wrote back then spiral its way to me again this morning.


The following Advent image, created in 2015, inspired Jo’s Wood Gallery in Chappell Hill, Texas, to make an amazing wood carving of the design. The final project, measuring 19″x27″, was meticulously painted to match the original. Honestly, it was a labor of great love and makes me feel like giving a shout-out to them…






I met an amazing 90+ year-young woman, Saralinda, this past weekend. She told me about attending a C.S. Lewis Summer Institute conference called “Cosmos and Creation: Chance or Dance” in 1994. Twenty-five years later, the Spirit of that conference is still dancing in and from her heart!

“I have come to realize that a mother lode of strength lies waiting in all of us, unmined gold yearning to gleam in the sunlight.” —George Fowler

There was gold in Saralinda’s dancing eyes as she spoke and then shared her lyrical creations inspired by our morning together.

It was Imago Dei gold.

“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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