Today’s Scripture: John 14:1-4

3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also." (NRSV)

For today’s devotion, you are invited to contemplate an artwork in progress entitled “Moving On” created by River Road Church member Beth Stuhlman.  The pieces are a triptych of 6×6 canvas acrylic mixed media.  Click on an image to bring up a larger view.  Spend time with the images, note what you see in them, and then scroll down to read a few words from the artist about the pieces.

Artwork by Beth Stuhlman

Image #1

Artwork by Beth Stuhlman

Image #2

Artwork by Beth Stuhlman

Image #3

Notes from the artist:

I’ve attached a piece that I’ve worked on while my uncle has been in hospice. He’s afraid to die, though his kidneys are failing.  This piece reflects my sense of leaning out from this life into the next.  One image shows a male figure with baggage making his way in; the other, a couple relying on each other’s strength on faith to move forward.  The last has no figure in it yet.

I’m in that part of the mourning process that questions, “Where do we go from here, and, as believers, how do we get there?”

The rising wave is an angel wing overcoming the old soul as it travels up and into the loving, all-consuming light of the God force.  So much of passing from here to there is unknown to us, and God allows for that by enveloping us up in familiar light and color that transcends our here and now, introducing us to our new place with new color, new sounds, new life — the Almighty rest, tucked under the powerful wings.