January 26

While I was lamenting this morning that it’s been a while since I’ve experienced a breath-catching dose of fresh wonder, at the top of my dark window appeared a bright crescent moon. The thing is, though, it didn’t just appear… It was there all along, waiting for my receptivity. As this post is coming together, I’ve been watching it go up, up, up (and, of course, “up” is from my current seated position.)

Lately I’ve been praying a lot for direction. There’s a tickle of almost-awareness I’m sensing, being so close to that prayer’s answer. If we were playing the Hot-Cold game, I have a feeling the Spirit would be yelling out, “HOT, HOT, HOT!”


2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

journal sauntering —
cabin pond to Plain ponder —
redrawing wonder

On the other side of this image is a delightful memory of a moment with three pine cones at the pond on our cabin land. I scrolled through my Instagram to discover it happened in May of 2015. And still, I’m grateful that wonder is timeless and insight, abiding.

2021

“It is never quite sufficient to place all the needs of mankind before God and leave them there. The efficacy of prayer is often measured by the degree to which the individual is willing to become involved in actually working in the world to meet these needs.” —Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart, p. 26

“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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