February 5

If you’re game, play this as you scroll through today’s gathering of images.


2016 – I remember writing about this experience in El Salvador:

Last night I received the miraculous gift to meet again two youth who I hadn’t seen for seven years. Their life paths have been so difficult. To see them, to talk with them and hug them has been the absolute highlight of this time for me, and awakened in me God’s promise of and call toward resurrection for all.

2017 – sermon notes from Pastor Misael Fajardo Perez



Art stretches between
to say more, love more, be more.
Creative tension.

2020 – still in process…

There was a moment last night, as I stepped back from this canvas, that I’m trying to find a way to describe. It was like I saw the spirit of the painting. It happened so fast.

What that was remains a mystery to me. What I experience now, though, as I scroll through the images of this painting’s evolution is a sense of groundedness, like coming home.


“There must be for me a deep sense of relatedness to God. This relatedness is the way by which there shall open for me more and more springs of energy and power, which will enable me to thread life’s mysteries with life’s clue. … I shall not waste any effort in trying to reduce God to my particular logic. Here in the quietness, I shall give myself in love to God.” —Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart, p. 46-47

“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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