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Monday, December 9, 2019

Color, and peace in a season of gloom

Color in a gloomy season, 5 x 7 watercolor card
As the days grow shorter, the nights longer, and the solstice nears, instead of a season of peace, gloom grows in December. 
 It can be a gloomy season  from gray days, from worsening weather, from "cabin fever," or worse, from events in our lives, from stress and clamor of the holidays, from personal interactions or tragedies, or from the negative forces in our world.
But then I force myself to remember, if it weren't for such times, color would lose its importance and power. In painting, or perhaps in all art and life and religion, contrasts bring life to the world. 
The idea, the existence of Christmas in religion, proves that, with the emergence of hope in a cold world, leading to a cruel death, resulting in life and peace--a far cry from the pollution of today's commercialized religion and season--more gloom needing to be offset by color, by life.
We need to remember the overlooked words from Genesis when Yahweh said, "Let there be light." Consider, light is the source of life--and color.  
Thus today's watercolor card...by and for myself, in  world far from peaceful, full of fear mongers in the name of religion--Pay attention to color more powerful and important, bringing peace instead of gloom
"My peace I give to you, not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your hear be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
--John 14:27.

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