The Art Of Healing: Kseniya Simonova’s Amazing Sand Drawing

front-flower-closeHere is a wonderful example of the creative heart and mind in motion.

A sand art work of performance visual art from Ukranian Artist Kseniya Simonova.

This from YouTube: “Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who just won Ukraine’s version of “America’s Got Talent.” She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and “sand painting” skills to interpret Germany’s invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII.”

Note the blend of voices – visual, musical, even kinetic. What a wonderful thing to say, and way to say it. My favorite part is when she lights the candle at the beginning, and blows it out at the end.

She could do this one work of art, for the rest of her life, before audiences who need this art of healing. Her work underscores the theme of the ImageBearer, reflecting the nature and heart of God into the world, whether believing or unbelieving at any point in time.

Thanks to dear friend, artist, worship leader and Masters student Naomi Lippett for pointing us to it. I can always count on Naomi to send me something worth blogging. Check out her blog.


Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.