The second piece in this series, Gratitute, for the PACT Fall show.
Read about what has been my inspiration for this series in the post, She Was Every-Man.
My thought behind this series is for the viewer to connect our relationship with Jesus with the “tangible” and “intimate.” I purposefully want to move away from sanitized, clinical, intangible images of Scripture and spirituality.
Our spiritual lives and our right now, “real” lives are not separate realms, but intertwined. There is dirt, grit, blood, sweat, tears…it doesn’t look clean…it doesn’t smell pleasant.
Jesus left His throne in Heaven, the Kingdom, to be in the unclean, in the foul odor…in it with us. And He makes the unclean things clean. The broken are made whole. The sick are healed.
This is ultimately what I’m grateful for and what I think about when I hear the word “gratitude.”
As I’ve been reading through the Gospel of Luke, another powerful story captured my imagination and I had to make something.
This outcast woman slipped in from behind, sneaked up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his robe. Afflicted for twelve years with hemorrhages, all her money drained into medical bills, desperate for healing, she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, maybe…”
At that very moment, her hemorrhaging stopped.
And then she heard Jesus ask, “Who touched me?”
One of his disciples said, “Master, this is a huge crowd. Dozens have touched you.”
Jesus insisted, “Someone touched me. I felt power leaving me.”
When the woman realized she couldn’t remain hidden, she knelt trembling before him. In front of all the people, she blurted out her story — why she touched him and how at that same moment she was healed.
Jesus said,”Daughter, you took a risk trusting me, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!”
This is an image of the woman as I imagine her realizing she’s healed and hearing Jesus calling her out of the crowd…it’s time to share your story, friend.