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Monday, 13 June 2011

cancer and encouragement

I'm happy to say that slowly the effects of the chemo therapy are wearing off. It's great to take part in life again, to move around, to see my hair growing again, to know the ordeal is over. During the treatment, my emotions were on a roller-coaster trip. I just clung to God, hanging on for dear life.

I painted these tulips yesterday and made an encouragement card for cancer patients out of it. The verse on the front of the card reflects my hope and feelings during chemo therapy:
"Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord, for you are with me. Your shepherd's rod and staff protect me" ~ psalm 23:4 ~

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is one of my favorite psalms. Through the ages it has touched the soul, has comforted in difficult situations. There are not many verses and the wordings are simple, yet it has a profound impact on a sad or hurt heart.
As I am presently thinking a lot about this psalm, I thought I'd make an illustration. With a sheep, of course, since we humans are so sheeplike in our wanderings and drifting offs.

This image can also be bought as a card.