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An Artist’s Prayer for Illumination

Prayed during a workshop on mixed media spiritual expression; Batesville, MS, May 2018.

Creating God,

Just as you speak to us through many voices in Scripture, you speak to us through countless artists of the past, present, and future. May we meet you in paint brushes, pianos, and pieced-together quilts.

When things get messy, help us remember that so are ceramics. And still you’re a potter, gently shaping the soft lines of our bodies and our hearts even when things feel ready to crumble.

Give us courage to shake off the dust of our own expectations, that we might see and hear you in new ways, and through the work of your Spirit help others to do the same. Amen.

Even Though

Adapted from a reflection on Psalm 27 for a joint campus ministry Advent devotional; Oxford, MS, November 2017. (See the original devo here.)

During the season of Advent, we hear a lot of “wait for the Lord!,” and this psalm certainly doesn’t leave that out. But as I reflected on the rest of it, I found one of the most striking parts to be the way the psalmist so explicitly names all of the things they’re up against.  Evildoers devouring flesh, adversaries and armies encamped. War and false witnesses breathing out violence…

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And still, the confident claim…

I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

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Lightbulb Blackout

A collaboration with T.J. Piccolo (you’ve met him before); Oxford, MS, August 2017.

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{Cardboard, book pages, permanent marker, CD, lightbulb, wire. (Also duct tape and a couple kinds of glue.)} Continue reading “Lightbulb Blackout”

BRB Still Persisting

For a friend; Oxford, MS, May 2017.

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{Canvas and acrylic paint. Used in the process: corrugated cardboard, bamboo sushi mat, old letterpress letters.} Continue reading “BRB Still Persisting”

DIY | Birds of a Feather

A recent project to spruce up a blank wall. If you can hold scissors and a spray paint can, you can do this too! 
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Desert Prayer

A reflection on Psalm 143 for Davidson College Presbyterian Church’s Lenten devotional book; Cornelius, NC, January 2017.

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A Startling Star

Because I don’t have kids or pets to put on my Christmas cards; Cornelius, NC, October 2016.

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{Canvas, coffee filters, acrylic paint, paper bag, magazines, book pages, permanent marker, cardboard, bamboo sushi mat, burlap, aluminum can, aluminum foil. Used in the process: bubble wrap.}

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Pieced-Together Pages

A collaboration with special guest star T.J. Piccolo; Columbia, TN, November 2016.

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