"God is Making All Things New"
Acrylic on Canvas 12" x 12"
When I feel overwhelmed by the awful things people do to other people, when I see the greed that perpetuates systems that harm people, when taking care of this planet comes second to the accumulation of wealth, when people lose everything with a catastrophic illness, when people can't afford the medication they need to live, the heaviness is hard to bear. It is overwhelming. I want to hide from it all, run away. But I cannot. Because I believe that part of the reason I am here is to love my neighbor. Sometimes this feels like slogging through heavy, wet mud. It feels like getting lost in some dense brambles without a way out. Sometimes my own physical struggles weigh me down. But then I read this phrase. God makes all things new. It brings tears to my eyes, because it is grace. I don't have to do it all. I don't have to save the world, or our country, or my loved ones. God is in it. God's Spirit moves to heal, to lift up and to connect us to each other. Together we can love the world. Together we can love one another. God makes all things new!
"God Makes All Things New" is part of "Hear My Voice: A Prison Prayer Book" which will launch in August at the ELCA's Churchwide Gathering. Here's a link: ://go.augsburgfortress.org/hear-my-voice-a-prison-prayer-book.
* This painting is available for purchase at $250. Email me at RobynSandAnderson@gmail.com if interested. I will be posting more. This painting has SOLD.