Fellowship Art Show

Fellowship Art Show is coming up soon. The theme is 'Saving Peter--a broken life restored--'

The entries accepted will be taken to the church tomorrow afternoon and will be hung next week getting ready for the showing which runs June 5-13.  This is one of two of my entries that was accepted--a 30" x 40" canvas done in acrylics entitled 'Living Water.'

This is such a fun and inspirational art show--there are three categories of entries--
ProfessionalArtists' CommunityStudent Work
There are oils, acrylics, watercolors, digital works, photography, sculptures--so much beauty for the eye to behold.  And to have it to connect to a biblical theme can be very emotional and life-changing.
We had to turn in an artists' inspiration statement to accompany our art.  It had to be fairly brief since it will hang beside the piece.  I am posting mine below.

     This seascape is meant to be representational of the relationship between Peter and Jesus and us--the darker part of the waves to remind us of our humanity--the doubts, fears, denials and betrayals we exhibit--much like Peter--The white caps and ocean spray to symbolize the joyful life of redemption that comes by a hand reaching down to save us--much like Peter was saved by Christ.

A few years ago I wrote this poem about Peter--from Peter's eyes--

When did I fall so badly--
Did it start when my trust failed?

When He told me to come to him 
on ripples of liquid glass,

Glass that shattered and broke 
beneath my feet as I glanced down?

When did I fall so badly

Was it when He found us sleeping--

Not keeping watch as He asked?

I thought I would go to the grave with Him,

And then, just as He said, I denied Him thrice

Before the rooster crowed even once.

A lonelier, more haunting sound I've never heard
than that of the cock crowing--

Announcing the dawn of a new day.

As it brought good news to some,
Dread invaded my anguished thoughts--

How could I face the day filled with this dark knowledge?
Knowledge that I had denied, had lied, 
had cursed the One I loved so much--

The one for whom I left home, family and my life's work. 

It had come to this--

When faced with the question of knowing Jesus,
I crumpled in fear and self-love.

And I wonder..............

When Jesus, burdened with the sin of the world,
went to the garden to pray,

And returned not once, not twice,
but three times and found us sleeping . . . . 

If I had been praying then
Would I have denied Him a trio of times later?

While looking down at shadowy mirrored depths 
my faith had faltered,

While looking up at a heart broken 
from carrying the weight of my darkness,

My faith was quickened and I knew....

Knew that there would be another day with Him,
A day when all He had taught us 
would come true,

A day He would ask me, 
not once, not twice, but three times--

"Peter, do you love me?"

A day I would have the chance to say 
not once, not twice, but three times--

"Yes, Master, You know I do."


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