|Gold Star Mom by artist Tom White.|
Image from the artist's website.
I am, also, grateful for the families who "soldier up" at home and keep the home fires in order and the lamp lit until their loved one returns. Some return, but not as expected.
This is a day that I find more emotion than words. I know...that is unusual. But, today words fail. This day... Memorial Day... is different. It strikes a chord in my heart...in a minor key (minor keys are the ones that sound sad). Gratitude pours out for those who feel called to serve and protect and answer the call. Freedom isn't free.
When words fail...I look to art.
Art is powerful and it speaks. I am, especially, drawn to metal sculptures. I moves me when something as hard as bronze...at the artist's hand...is forged into something that touches the softest places in my heart.I know art matters. I am affirmed in my opinion that we were "created to create", and love can be spoken... and perhaps it echoes...through the arts.
Tom White is an artist who did not begin sculpting until he found a personal relationship with Christ in his early 30's. (It actually says that on his website!) He discovered "an unexpected and hidden talent" for sculpture when he developed a life-giving relationship with his Creator. Yes...he was created to create. A carpenter by trade and a sculpture upon embracing his "God breath". (Okay, I have to say it again...we were created in His image...thus, created to create.) http://www.tomwhitestudio.com/
This piece of art was unveiled in 2010. It was commissioned to be a part of the "Brazoria County Ring of Honor" in Angleton, TX. It is titled "Gold Star Mom". Mom...not mother. Less formal and more personal, and the "Gold Star" indicating she gave her best.
|Gold Star Mom by artist Tom White. |
Image from the artist's website.
The call to "lay down our lives" manifests differently because each of us in uniquely made in His image. Some lay down their lives on the mission field...some in homeless shelters... others in the medical community... and some in the military.
Justice isn't always simple, with clean lines and black and white solutions. Politics muddy the waters and money is, too often, the master served. Laws are skirted and even changed for personal profit. Still, the good, honest, courageous men and women serving in our military are there to serve, defend and protect the people and the values of this nation. Not just their own families, but this land they call home. Not the politics, but the people.
I won't pretend "American Justice" is God's justice...but many of this land are rooted in faith, grounded in Biblical truth and praying for the direction of our leaders. We can't forget that our founding fathers came to this land for worship freedom. Laws were set up to protect religious freedom and worship freedom. How we use or misuse the law...it will not go unnoticed by God. He instructs us to "do justice". Not just watch it.
Jesus was at war with the devil. His time in the desert proved how ugly and unrelenting the enemy can be. He stood the test. In between...he did as much good as he could do, taught truth and gave of himself. Then, he was taken prisoner in the war. He suffered. He was sacrificed. He paid for my sins and yours...and rose again in victory over Satan, sin and death.