Yet, We Live

During this season of Lent we have been visually inspired by Sylvia’s newest piece, hanging in the midst of our sanctuary at First United Methodist Church, Waynesville. Entitled “Yet, We Live,” it seems to grow out of the whitened, ash-like branches of a tree known as a contorted filbert. An overlay of netting contains a series of crosses against the purple tones of the silk fabric.

In her description, Sylvia pointed out that “On Ash Wednesday we are marked with ashes and reminded that we are made of dust, and will return to dust. The purple silk hanging over the altar table, with its shadows of crosses and dry branches, reminds us that we walk Christ’s passion road through Lent and Holy Week. Lest we succumb to despair as we annually rehearse this cycle of life and death, we also remember the promise of new life as we await the breakthrough of light and renewal on Easter.”

This is a time when we place our own dark shadows and struggles within the larger drama in which the very Creator of all life struggles with us and  indeed bears with us the signs of our own dying as well as the hope and intimations of the deeper life from which we spring and to which we return. We are especially aware that we walk this dying way with a planet that is struggling to stay in harmony with the system of life in which we humans have emerged. All around us are the forces of fear and violence that would extinguish this life for the sake of a vain and transient self-glorification. But the God of all returns again and again to whisper and reveal, “yet shall you live.”

 

 

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4 Responses to Yet, We Live

  1. Nancy Sehested says:

    Stunning!

  2. Wow, the blending of art and text you and Sylvia have created are really exceptionally inspirational—truly blessed gifts for us all.

  3. William Everett says:

    Thank you, Thomas. Your comment reminds me that I forgot to mention that the silk is from a sari given to Sylvia by a friend. She dyed it and chemically changed some of the colors to produce the piece you see here. So I guess we could say that God journeys with us dressed in a sari! A wonderful additional dimension.

  4. M Thomas Thangaraj says:

    What an inspiring piece of art Sylvia has created! So meaningful and so thoughtful. Thank you. I was, in a strange way, reminded of Keshub Chandra Sen of West Bengal who describes the Trinity as: Still God, Journeying God, and Returning God!

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