December 18

What do I see? I see in this day’s images over the years a telling of Love’s story, even detailed in the appearances of the warm yellows.

The commentary that accompanied 2018’s image is included here:

My friend, Liv Larson Andrews, shared an editorial about Salem Lutheran Church opening as a warming center in Spokane. She writes, “I have seen God at work at the warming center, even in the first week we have been open. … This is faith alive in the world. … We see that ‘the life of the world to come’ is already being grown among those most scorned by power and privilege. We invite those in places of power to turn away from scarcity thinking… We invite everyone to turn toward their neighbors with care, dignity and generosity.”

“To be fearless isn’t really to overcome fear, it’s to come to know its nature. Just open the door more and more and at some point you’ll feel capable of inviting all sentient beings as your guests.” —Pema Chödrön

“Divine Guest, I lovingly welcome you with the openness of my entire being. I desire to receive people who are strangers with this same spirit of graciousness. Free my mind when it locks out others. Disarm my heart of any armor it wears. I open the door of my heart to you.”—Joyce Rupp

‘The life of the world to come’ begins in our warming centers.

And now, I welcome you to this day’s images. What do you see?






“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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