Dark Night of the Soul
Acrylic on 12x12" Gessobord with 3/4" Birch Sides
Today as I am absorbing this music for the second of four Bach paintings, I am struck by its mournful tones. It begs a darker hue. When I was in the hardest days of RA, I remember sitting in church, trying to hold my head up with my hand. It was the hymns in minor keys with words of God's presence in my suffering that spoke to me most deeply. Not the happy, happy, joy, joy songs. They have their place, but we cannot forget the hard parts of what we experience in this human journey. It is sometimes in those darkest moments that we truly experience God's Spirit speaking as a thread of light, a tether, a thread we can grasp and hold onto.
I will be posting one of these paintings every Friday (hopefully) leading up to the launch of "Hear My Voice: A Prison Prayerbook" in August at the ELCA's Churchwide Gathering. Here's a link: ://go.augsburgfortress.org/hear-my-voice-a-prison-prayer-book.
* This painting has sold. I will be posting more every Friday and more will be available for purchase.