Tuesday, September 3, 2013

"Baptism of Grace" 30x36, Oil on Canvas

"Baptism of Grace" 30x36, Oil on Canvas
Some of you might be sick of my waterfalls (too bad!) but I'm finally getting a chance to make some bigger pieces with the little studies I did right after my surgery.  It's so wonderful to get to paint without feeling pain or having to ice every few hours.  I am so thankful to God for my feet and for His healing.  I am still going to Physical Therapy and although it gets harder every week I can honestly tell you that the pain is less today then it was a few weeks ago.  Our bodies are truly miraculous things. So delicate and fragile yet resilient and healing at the same time. 
In my last post I told you about the "whirlpool" at Physical Therapy.  I love that thing.  I wish I had one in my house! I like looking at the water swirl around me like a spirit washing over this human weak thing (that is my foot).  It makes me think about His grace.  He washes down on me in full force so that I might, in turn, ripple out to others.
Philip Yancey says in his book What's So Amazing About Grace?: "One who has been touched by grace will no longer look on those who stray as, "those evil people," or "those poor people who need our help." Nor must we search for signs of, "love worthiness." Grace teaches us that God loves because of WHO God is not because of who we are."
I painted this 36x30 for my church's baptistery.  This has been on my heart a long time. I finally got an opportunity to ask the Pastors at our church if I could do it.  With great faith and kindness they agreed to let me "beautify" a space for this purpose.  How wonderful! I wanted a place where someone could stand with Pastor and take a picture to remember that day.  The day they went into the water and showed their new family what happened inside.  In a way baptism is our first artistic act as a follower of Christ.  We show, through the symbol of water, what Jesus has done for us.  His great mercy and grace falling on us to wash us, purify us, give us new life.
Titus 3:3-6 was the scripture I looked over as I painted this.  It says, "At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.."

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