Together in Christ No. 4
mixed media collage
12" x 12"
As with many people,
the pain and suffering that exists in God’s
glorious creation tears at my heart. I struggle
mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I fight
despair, especially when it comes to children.
It was the summer of 1996. Along with caring
deeply about the death of a dear man and gifted
artist, the murder of a mother at our school,
and the suicide of a young woman – TWA flight
800 crashed. All those lives lost of people I
did not know, and three I did know – a
courageous and beautiful woman with her two
lovely young daughters. That summer there were
many children and adolescents suffering from
debilitating and life-threatening diseases such
as leukemia. So much fear and pain for kids I
did not know, and one I did know – my nephew
I searched through Scripture and I sought in
prayer some way to deal with pain and suffering.
It was Colossians 1:17 that led me out of
despair. It was Colossians 1:17 that I prayed
and prayed that summer as I manipulated torn and
shredded pieces of color alone in my workshop.
And I came not to understanding or even
acceptance; it was and is a place of belief. In
my life and in my art, fragments come together
in shape and image because Christ is before
all things, and in him all things hold together.