Ask (Luke 11:9-13)

Some people like to make notes in their bible or underline things. I have started to draw in mine. Here is the text I turned into an illuminated manuscript today:

“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit[ to those who ask him!” – Jesus (Luke 11: 9-13 NRSV)

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Trauma is Contagious

Here is an art journal drawing about trauma. I don’t really want to say much about this other than to point out that trauma seeks to reproduce itself.

In this pandemic, households who live with trauma are paying a very high price. Trauma is a contagion that thrives on social isolation, the reduction of medical services, and the loss of community supports like in person school. As our society cuts services we are making value judgements on who is entitled to wellness and safety.

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Christmas 2020

When I started this art journal it was with the intention of being open, honest and whole about my life. To not separate or divide my life into little boxes for different circles of community.

I don’t know what your experience is this holiday but I’m not doing well. I am reaching out to some people so this isn’t a cry for help but rather just an attempt to say that if you are feeling unwell you are not alone.

For me I don’t know if it is the pandemic, quarantine Christmas, or the stresses that are just part of my life (or a combination of all those things).

I’m tired of people pointing out the silver linings, posting photos of their fun creative ways they are weathering these “unprecedented times.” I’m tired of being afraid of not saying the right thing. I’m tired of people talking about the importance of taking care of your mental health while shaming people who break public health rules to keep sane and safe.

I’m tired. I’m sore. I’m angry. I’m shaky. I’m sad. I don’t feel well and I don’t have to pretend.

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