The fullness of love, boundless and wild, awaits our participation.
The image from 2020 reminds me of a poem called “Gusty Grace” that I wrote in 2019 during a Grünewald Guild class led by Brittany Deininger. I included the poem below the painting.
2014 – This is Isolina, a community in Peru. I have dear friends, Koky and Elizabeth, who live in Isolina with their four growing children. I remember this particular morning eight years ago. Something shifted within me and I wrote this: “Woke up this morning in peaceful Isolina… wish you all could experience the joy and sorrow, beauty and struggle in this place.”
2016 – Below is a Lenten coloring image inspired by the journey of opening our eyes, ears, hands, hearts and lives to love. It’s still available for download… https://waytolead.org/project/lenten-resources-2016/.
Wild, Gusty Grace
It became my fall routine —
a daily slip and slide down the river’s high bank.
My trust and gratitude grew for Dogwood and Alder,
whose branches I learned to grasp
to steady my descent.
And then one day when the river was particularly low,
I sat for just a bit longer on the warm, smooth stones of the shore.
In the distant green hills,
a gust of wind created a shiver among the trees.
As it approached, it skimmed over the shallow water.
Before I knew what was happening,
the shiver came through me, too,
raising the hairs on my arms and sending tingles through my body.
Memories are like that:
rhythmic dilations of consciousness
pulsing through us in unguarded moments —
This wild grace —
such a shift in power,
such a surrendering
such a stir on our skin.
“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.