Original Mixed Media, 24″ x 30″
In Psalm 84 it speaks of the sojourner going through the Valley of Baca. This was a place near Jerusalem. The traditional rendering of the words is “Valley of Weeping.” Some scholars suggest the valley might have been called so because it was lined with tombs. This Valley is one we all must go through and at times the darkness seems beyond description. It is precisely there where God whispers, “I’m here and I love you.” Then He asks us to squint our eyes and see the light just around the corner—a place where the Lord God is a sun and shield, where the Lord gives grace and glory (verses 11, 12). He beckons us to Himself where all things are made new, love’s purest joys restored.
“I alternate between thinking of the planet as home—dear and familiar stone hearth and garden—and as a hard land of exile in which we are all sojourners.”