i grew up going to sunday school and church at first christian church in savannah, georgia. in sunday school we often sang a hymn or two before hearing our gospel lesson. two hymns in particular stand out in my memory, fairest lord jesus and for the beauty of the earth.
it was the first verse of the latter that ran through my head as i drew this mandala.
For the beauty of the earth For the Glory of the skies, For the love which from our birth Over and around us lies
this past week has been intense. i can see it reflected in this mandala, songs in the key of life. for someone like me, who prefers life in the slow lane, finding myself in the fast lane feels totally discombobulating - is that a word? if it's not it should be!
there's a soundtrack to life - a song for any and every occasion...i hear them in my head all the time.
today, i find myself scanning the dial - listening for that song that will help ease me back into the slow lane.
i used to be a night owl. i used to joke that the reason i sneezed so much in the morning was because i was allergic to it. but now...dawn has become my favorite time of day. of course i have to give credit where credit is due - i have to credit middle age, and simply not being able to keep late hours. i have to credit a loving husband who brings me coffee and the paper in bed each morning. but even more, it's the promise of a brand new day that has made me a convert. each day, i'm given a brand new start...a clean slate...a world of possibilities. there's a line in the chorus of an old hymn (great is thy faithfulness) that i love which says it best:
a few years ago, a wise woman gave me good counsel as i walked through a difficult time and found it hard to pray.
"have you ever thought of praying through your mandalas?"
that was a new thought for me. i've never been comfortable praying aloud, especially extemporaneously...rather, i have found more solace in the written prayers of others. but yet, i still yearned for a way of my own - something authentic and true to who i am - to pray about the things weighing heavy on my heart - situations - friends - loved ones in need of help or guidance.
was it really possible to pray through my art? to my great relief and delight, i discovered that the answer to that question is a resounding - YES! since that day, whole new pathways of prayer have opened up before me as i draw and paint. i am thankful for this "different way"...my way...to pray.
I am a contemplative artist, combining traditional mediums and digital technology to create unique images. I have two blogs: A Magic Mom and Her Mandalas, dedicated primarily to the art form of the mandala, and The Sacred Alter, which focuses on what I can only describe as "art birthed from the soul." I hope you will enjoy visiting both.