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Remember Pat Costigan and her paintings of hope? We’re sharing another one today titled Spiritual Resistance.

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Here’s the bulk of the artist’s statement…

The inspiration for this painting was how the Jews practiced Spiritual Resistance in the Ghettos during World War II. The prisoners in the ghettos at that time drew upon their:

gifts,

talents,

life giving abilities

to survive, not to succumb to hopelessness and fear and transform their dismal, dark lives, if for only a moment into something that lifted their souls out of this world into another dimension.

Their lives were filled with:

starvation,

pestilence,

extremes of cold,

lack of warm clothing,

want of decent living conditions,

the everyday threat of death for themselves and their loved ones by

violence,

hatred

and cruelty.

They performed music, theatre, created art, gave lectures about science, literature, art, music and performed many, many unselfish acts of kindness.

How do we combat the hatred that destroys and tears down?

When we do acts of good where we are, it affirms our humanity.

When we experience forces from outside trying to get to our inside, the darkness in…

We can transform the darkness of pain into Light, Joy and Hope.

We can embrace the world.

We can embrace the dark, diseased world.

We can throw our loving arms around this world in order to change it.

We can speak words of encouragement

We can try to understand our enemies

We can practice courage to speak out for silent victims of injustice

We can join in the dance of Light

We can join in the music of Peace

We can join in living in Hope

Pat Costigan and her husband, Bob, have four daughters, Clare, Beth, Anne and Irene. Before children, she earned a BA in Art and an MA in Special Education, taught and always made art. Through the years she has been involved with local and international social justice issues. Pat recently completed a series of paintings on “Hope” and is working on a new series titled “Grace.” Pat co-authored, designed and created the artwork and illustrations for the newly published book, “Mothering: An Art Of The Heart” (www.motheringanartoftheheart.com). When she is not busy in her studio, she is often found walking their rescue dog, Bella, around the neighborhood in Fairport, NY.

Rachel Doll picToday’s journal page is from another artist (and friend), Rachel Whaley Doll. She is also an author and musician — mostly because she wondered what she could do with her gifts and decided to try. Her newest book, “The Exquisite Ordinary,” is available on Amazon.  Vocal recordings, murals, contact information and other writings can be found at threadsofcreativity.com. And she has been gracious enough to write about having a peaceful dwelling and share it at Simply Faithful.

Here are Rachel’s suggestions for the journal page: 

Gather your journal paper and crayons, and set a timer for five minutes (so you won’t keep wondering how long it’s been!). For five minutes, find a comfortable position and close your eyes. Focus on calm breathing, and on the colors that present themselves as you breath gently with your eyes closed. When the five minutes are up, and you are ready, let the colors and shapes that presented themselves in your meditation guide your hand on the page. Don’t try to create anything, just enjoy the color and movement. As you look at the page, write something on it that you dream of accomplishing, and hang it somewhere you will see it often.  Happy dreaming!

To download, click here.

Here’s a glimpse:

Day 13 Rachel

 

As much as I love words, sometimes a picture — an illustration — conveys a message that might not otherwise get through. That’s why I’m sharing some snapshots I took of a book that just released this month, “Psalm 23,” illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson. Take a look at these images and see if you can find hope…

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And some of my favorites are the children inside the front and back covers:

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I had planned to use a journal page from a friend today, but due to technical difficulties, you’ll find one that I pulled together this morning. I’ve pulled words from Sandra Fox’s devotional, “Lord Renew My Hope.” I’ve been so enjoying her book, and she has written a piece just for you. Expect that in mid-March.

To download, click here.

Here’s a glimpse:

Day10

Pillow2For two weeks Debbie Fogg poured through her fabric for something bright. She designed an angel to embroider and worked with her son to perfect a poem about comfort and love — all in hopes of winning a sewing contest and $50,000 for charity. Then, when her pillow was finished, she read the rest of the directions.

All her fabric had to be from one store, and she had to have receipts.

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387091_558287784190226_1041926299_n“I am very very passionate when it comes to my love of horses and my sewing. So I sat and stewed about it for a week as to which time a young lady that I had done horse shows with lost her father to brain cancer. She was only 16 and totally devastated. I gave her the pillow with the poem on the back of it. She cried and cried thanking me for such a special and precious gift.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

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IMG_1148“After I gave it to her and saw how much it meant to her, I decided right then and there I was not entering it in the contest, I was going to make them and give them to people who have lost loved ones or just going through a difficult time in their life. I have since made over 100 pillows…. To me there is no greater feeling than putting a smile on a sad face.”

Out of one mistake, many blessings and hope.

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Today’s journal page was designed by me (Marketta) and inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem where she writes, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all….”

To download today’s journal page and write your own thoughts, click here.

Here’s a glimpse…

Day3

IMG_1407Benjamin loves a good party, and he had been planning one for Valentine’s Day since before we put away the Christmas tree. In January, he dictated his guest list: Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Jay… and soon after we discussed the importance of having Tootsie Roll Pops and red velvet cake.

IMG_1404The day of the party there were red streamers to hang and balloons to tape in place. Dishes to wash. A toilet to clean. Crowds at the store and crankiness among the boys at home — so much that I felt foolish for celebrating. How could I put the l-o-v-e banner on the China cabinet and invite people in when I felt my life was such a mess? How did my gift for my 5-year-old turn into a stressful burden?

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So, I did what any reasonable mom would do. I put myself in time out. I snuck to the top of the stairs and sat there until I decided that I could celebrate even if things weren’t perfect, that things like love and hope and joy were meant to stand in the midst of the mess. That they aren’t a magical place that we arrive at but a choice we make all along the way. And if I couldn’t choose hope and celebration over squabbling brothers and cobwebs, how would I ever choose hope when the real struggles hit? How could my feeble hope possibly anchor my soul?

I got downstairs in time to watch Benjamin arrange Little Hug Fruit Barrels in a circle around our heart candle and put the Swedish Fish in a dainty dish.

And smile.

And laugh.

And have a great party.

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Thank you, all of you, for joining us for the 40 Days of Hope project. Each day during Lent, we’ll share something about hope here — something that we pray inspires you or encourages you. We’re also planning to share free journal pages for you to download, We don’t quite have 40 yet, so if you’d like more information on submitting one, please click here.

Marketta and Tanya

Marketta and Tanya

Today’s journal page was designed by Tanya Herrold, whom you may remember from an article she wrote on having a peaceful dwelling. Her father has been waiting for a liver transplant for more than four years, and frankly, his health is declining. He has been in the hospital for the last three weeks and the family would greatly appreciate your prayers. “My hope comes from God,” she said. “The only option I have is to put my trust in Him.”

To download today’s journal page and write your own thoughts, please click here.

Here’s a glimpse…

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