A painting in rough brushstrokes of a male figure weating blue pants and a white tanktop, seated on a black folding chair. The figure is leaning forward, elbows on knees, hands folded together, head bowed. The bakcground is broad-strokes of white paint, dripping in places, over a dark orange background.

Time and Perspective

This piece, What Is To Come, derives from a time that I observed my husband sitting for a long moment in contemplation. He had just returned home to us after serving time in federal and immigration detention centers. As time went on, a painting that once captured a moment of worry began to change. With new beginnings, new opportunity, new growth, and a new life, the painting became a testament of hope and gratitude. A depiction of a man with his head hung in despair, became one of a man filled with hope, his head bowed in a prayer of gratitude.

This piece holds a universal message: This, too, shall pass.

Sit quietly for one full minute and say a prayer of gratitude in advance, knowing that you have been given the strength to endure and overcome this affliction. Let this truth sink in and comfort you. “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” -2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Prompt by: Trinh Mai

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