For a Friend in Deep Waters

I live in a small town where news tends to spread, not always quickly, but eventually stuff comes out of the woodwork.  I heard some very sad news today about a person who has been a blessing to our family.  My heart and prayers go out to my friend, and all I can do is pray, so I prayed and cried some big fat tears as I mixed paint for this picture inspired by the artwork of Phil Pringle, an Australian pastor.

The passage I earnestly prayed…

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel Your Savior.

(I braved acrylic paints for the first time.  Acrylic paints are a great option because they don’t bleed through and if you make a mistake you can just paint over it.  But I have trouble painting without making a mess.  I ended up with paint on my face and on the table and in unexpected places on my page–not shown!  Time spent in prayer and in the Bible is always well spent even if it gets messy!  Life can be messy, too, and that is when we most need to stay focused on the cross and God’s redeeming love!)

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