January 25

“Echoes of mercy, whispers of love”

You may recognize that phrase from the song, “Blessed Assurance” … Cue the goosebumps and maybe, if you’re like me, tears.

Mercy, lay me bare in your presence.

“Perhaps, it is always true that the test of my thanksgiving is the humility it inspires. —Howard Thurman




Chesed (mercy) ~ “a bond, an infallible link of love that holds the created and uncreated realms together” ~Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope




“The mystic like the artist has a direct sense of inspiration. The mystic’s artistic product is not merely his or her personal conception, but an incarnation of meaning. … [Howard] Thurman says that as the artist works, ‘consciously and consistently’ that: [s]he lays bare [her]his innermost being to the vision in the very stroke… every note of the music will be instructed with the unseen play.’” —Amy Elizabeth Steele, in her 2012 dissertation, “The Mystical Aesthetic: Howard Thurman and the Art of Meaning”


“Perhaps, it is always true that the test of my thanksgiving is the humility it inspires. Self-examination—thanksgiving—humility—let us experience them in our quiet time in the presence of God.” —Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart, p. 19

“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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