An incredible young man gave me a drawing after church. I have several by the young artists in his family on my office door, so I wanted to reciprocate out of appreciation for how welcome he made me feel when I became his pastor. I took his tree and merged it with elements from Byzantine icons, so that what we ended up with was the Tree of Life and River of Life – symbols of a restored Eden (Rev 22) – with Adam and Eve (humanity) climbing out of the grave. We created an Eden where all humanity is invited to ascend. We shall title it Rev 22:3a – “No longer will there be any curse”
Thank you Henry and church family for seeking to create, renew, and reconfigure the beautiful frailty of our humanity into something eternal.