"To the Lowest Place" 48x60, Oil on Canvas
This is my final piece before the two woman show at Mary Tomas Gallery in January. I am so grateful that this big painting went so smoothly. I had asked for prayers to do my best and I truly felt them. Thank you!
As I worked on this painting I couldn't help but think of Christmas and the Incarnation. I read this and loved it, "Love treats everyone as they would want to be treated but to love much gladly takes the lower place as Jesus did in coming to earth." Holiness found the lowest place and loved there. I find myself coming back to these images of rocks and water and find that there is still something there I want to touch on. The grace, the beauty, the hard against the soft. The way water runs in the lowest crevices and cracks. His grace spilled into the darkest parts.
One of my favorite Christmas hymns is "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus." I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. I want you to see the lavish grace God has bestowed on us. This tiny baby, our sweet gift of hope. I leave you with these wonderful words penned by Charles Wesley:
Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel's strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.
Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne