"Kindred" 36x36, Oil on Canvas
I finished this painting for a specific place in our church that they are building called the HomeLife Center. It will be a place where the Body of Christ can meet and fellowship and also find materials to help them "grow strong families." What that means is to read encouraging books to help us be better parents and spouses and also to have a place to meet and talk.
I thought of a seed as growing into this strong tree and how we have to nurture and watch over the sapling. I like the imagery of a tree as a person. I have three trees to represent the generations of a family. I wanted to show it in a "quiet" light so that it gave the room a sense of thought and reflection. It has a little stream running through as my image for grace. I know, as a Mom, that I am always in need of grace as I steer through parenting and marriage. I absolutely CANNOT do this without God.
These words feel shallow but I hope the image can speak my feelings best. Zephaniah 3:17,
"The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love..." Sometimes, most of the time, I need a Father God who will parent me. Who will rejoice over me in gladness and quiet me in His love. I need the mixture of both. The gladness and the quiet. He is here with us. All the time. Even in my humanity He loves me and LIKES me. How do you grow strong families? You simply remember you can't do this but He is mighty to save.