Spring is valiantly trying to arrive and we send you our love and prayers, waiting for it’s signs to confirm the faith we all share that it will, indeed come! The last few months I’ve been re-reading the story in Genesis of Joseph, Jacob’s son. Adversity and seemingly hopeless life circumstances repeatedly plagued him, however his faith never left him. Because of their jealousy, Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, but God’s plans for Joseph were for good, and each step of Joseph’s journey, God allowed the tables to be turned. Slavery turned into authority and power, jealousy and competition turned into love and forgiveness, separation turned into reconciliation, all through Joseph’s ability to stay connected with the power of God’s love and the faith that His will for us is for good.
Such a good story to remember at a time when our country is polarized politically, religiously and spiritually. Our God is the God of unity and by activating our faith in adversity, we release God’s true purpose and destiny into our worlds.
“Ye may have meant it for evil, but God turned it into good.” Genesis 50:20
May we help each other to remember the way with, God’s help, through the difficulties and challenges and keep a positive vision for our country.
Michael has been working on some new videos – not finished yet, but beautiful as always. He’s in Alabama right now photographing a book. We will be exploring more in April the possibility of finding work in Florida for the winter next year. We will do a bit of traveling and visiting to churches, galleries, and possible clients. Would love your prayers to cover all that!
I’ve finished the Graymoor Icon commission- two eight foot by 3 foot egg tempera Icons. Quite a lot of physical and artistic and spiritual work, but it’s what I love to do. Here are a few photos of the oiling process which is the final sealant and causes the layers of egg tempera to fuse in a jewel like surface.
Also I’m excited about my contemporary painting – it is getting closer to being able to express the Divine in a secular language. I hope to find some new galleries for it soon.
“Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they walk in the light of your presence Lord…You are their glorious strength. Our power is based on your favor.” Psalm 89:15-17
May God continue to bless you with His love and favor. Let us know how we can pray for you and thank you for your prayers for our ministry of God’s presence through the Arts.
Love and prayers,
Michael and Christine
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