This is an 8.5x11" on Hahnemuhle Torchon 285 gsm watercolor paper. Drawn with Sakura Archival Brush Pens and painted with Liquitex acrylic paint and Golden fluid acrylic.
The meaning of the painting is that as Baptized Christians we have the resurrection power of Jesus Christ within us - that is the power of the Holy Spirit. It is through the passion and death that He - the Living Word, was then resurrected, and with Him, we are resurrected to eternal life. There is no name in the heavens, on earth, or below that has more power than the name of Jesus.
This painting is a cry to all Christians – of every denomination - Don’t allow the evil one to deceive you into thinking that God is constrained by our limited human experiences. If we aren’t expecting the God of Wonders to meet us in prayer then we might settle for something less, something that only matches our experiences – or lack of experiences. Encounter the Living God, the God who is so close that he has numbered our hairs but who is so far beyond our greatest imagination.
In prayer we communicate with God, our creator, by seeing, hearing, feeling, and knowing Him.
Jesus said in John 5:19 “Amen, amen, I say to you, a son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees his father doing; for what he does, his son will do also.” In Isaiah 30 we are told, “[w]hoever is of God hears the words of God.” Physical senses manifest upon our hearts and our intellects become engaged when our creator communicates with us. We hear this in Eph. 1:17-18 “…the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him. May the eyes of [your] hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call…”
Open yourself to the God of Wonders – He is speaking to you! “Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power.” Although our eyes don’t see the power that is around us, that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Pray that you have eyes to see, and ears to hear “[p]ut on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.”
The evil one can’t create anything new, he is only a creature, but he can twist what has been created, so remember “our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.”
Our God has given us his only Son to set us free, and the Holy Spirit to empower us. “Therefore, put on the armor of God”, and come before Him in prayer, thanksgiving and remember that the fruit of all our works flows from intimacy with God. Ask and you shall receive, knock and the door will be opened to you, don’t hold back in prayer, the graces that flow into you from an intimate relationship with God are a gift to be given to the world, and the more you give, the more you will receive.
Allow your heart to burn with love for God, like the flames in this painting. And pray ‘[t]hat speech may be given me to open my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel…”
I painted this because attended a memorial service for all of the people who died in this past year. So I have to thank God for this painting, and the church that is represented in the piece, St. Leo the Great.
the original is a gift to the church, but if someone wants a numbered print I am having them made by a Hahnemuhle certified studio. I am selling them for $65 each
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