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This Sunday, September 13th: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego exemplified courage as they walked with the presence of God among the flames. Their trust in God overcame the human tendency to fear. This painting portrays the grandeur of God intersecting with the fearfulness of humanity. “Be not afraid” is a notable refrain in the bible. It speaks to the utmost importance of courage and the weighty influence of fear on our actions. In this image I tackle a meeting between God and fear.
Each face presents a determined expression in the face of adversity. God’s impervious and emboldening courage is represented by a landscape in the background. Panels of translucency hide God’s fearlessness from us intermittently. The panels and open spaces represent the struggle with fear and fearlessness that we face as human beings. The faces of determination, faces strengthened by God’s courage, emerge in the space where our view of God’s strength is blocked. Here, our human struggle with fear is personified in the positive. Even when we cannot clearly see, God’s courage is within us.—Hannah Garrity
Artwork: The Fire Inside by Hannah Garrity @sanctifiedart (https://sanctifiedart.org/)