The first time I experienced this sincere prayerful stance doing art was when I was making a bookmark for my friend Bev. I had known Bev all along but I really came to consider her a friend after my mom died in 2000. Church was a difficult place to be because it was something I shared with Mom. She and I sat in the same pew every week and she would reach over and hold my hand when it was time to pray. When I finally got myself back to my church after Mom's death I met all these wonderful folks who kind of became my surrogate parents. That sounds a little strange because I am 54 years old. I guess you always miss your parents, no matter how old you are. Bev is one of those wonderful individuals who sincerely cares about how you are when she asks, "How are you?" She hugs you tight as if she's greeting you after a long absence. When she hugged me it reminded me of my mom. There are several women at church who remind me of Mom. So this bookmark was just a small something to give Bev on an important birthday. I wanted her to know that she made a difference in my life. While making the small piece of artwork I spent the time thinking about her and praying that God keep her safe, healthy and happy. The artwork was not a big deal, but the prayer was sincere and I feel that there is no greater gift than asking God to watch over someone. I know that I have been prayed for on many occasions and there are no words to explain how powerful that is.
Bev's son-in-law has hemachomatosis and liver cancer. Many trips from Florida to specialists in Cleveland have been a financial burden for the family. Today I finished up an Organic Zentangle Inspired piece which will be part of an auction and benefit supper for the family.
|11x14 - framed original artwork|
I really hope that someone feels inspired to bid for it. What I know, is that I prayed for Mike and his family. It felt good to do and I hope they will find comfort and peace in knowing they are loved.
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