Monday, March 15, 2010

Thankfulness and Art to Comfort

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Continuing my list of thanks... and an update.

301. Having Christ in times of strife and sickness
302. Watching never-before-seen home videos with my family
303. McKenna birthday parties - they never change
304. Husband's worship songs played at church
305. Temperate days
306. Rain
307. Dinner with much older friends and a new family
308. Kimmie's laugh
309. An end in sight
310. time to create art
311. passing notes with Brian
312. old stories
313. finished project
314. lists of gratitude
315. lazy Sundays
316. baby smiles
317. promises

Dad Update and some art...

Many of you know that my Dad has recently been diagnosed with cancer (originating in his tonsil and spreading to 2 lymph nodes in his neck). So far, it looks like it is treatable and he begins the long hard road of radiation and chemo today - 5 days a week for a total of seven weeks.  Three treatments of Chemo will also be given within this time period. On Friday, a feeding tube was inserted in preparation for a time when he won't be able to eat during the treatments.   

My Dad has a verse that has given him comfort and hope during this time. It is Job 5: 18-19.

8 For he wounds, but he also binds up; 
       he injures, but his hands also heal.
19 From six calamities he will rescue you; 
       in seven no harm will befall you.

I created a painting of this verse for him to keep near as he goes through these painful months. I decided to do the painting in black in white to create a simple, stark image. I began by creating 7 vertical bands, each stands for a week of his treatment.  The bands go from black to white - sickness to healing.  The background image is a line drawing of a man's neck/chest with two healing hands on his shoulders.

Will you pray with us? Pray that his pain wouldn't be too great. Pray that he will find full healing by God's grace. 


  1. Oh my, what a precious gift you've given to your Dad. I'm sure God will use it to encourage him as he faces hard times with chemotherapy. How hard life is, and yet our God is so good. Praying you and your family will have much peace during this very unrestful time and will draw that much closer to Him. I love your blog name, by the way. It speaks of a simple loveliness.

  2. Thank you so much for note. I appreciate your prayers! :) Blessings! (and off to check out your blog!)