‘Saints on the Street’ is a monthly Sunday morning ‘be church’ kind of thing in public on the streets or pubs and cafes with as many Christians who are able to join me.
Well this morning I was on my tod, a billy no- mates and to top it all it was cold and windy and wet and slightly lonely. Boo hoo.
Instead of feeling sorry for myself and beating a hasty retreat to the safe confines of Sunday morning worship with familiar friendly faces and bad coffee, I decided to venture into Neros and enjoy a superb coffee amongst strangers and to paint.
I painted 4 abstract pictures inspired by the Psalms and ‘somehow’ met 4 people who they were for. These were 4 people who spoke to me first and asked what I was doing or about the words they could see. (It was a busy Sunday morning in the cafe.)
The one painting and encounter that really ‘got me’ and I am deeply humbled about is the painting ‘accept’ from Psalm 6. It’s a hard verse full of pain and suffering and the part that I was drawn to was the word about the bones being in agony. (See below.)
After painting it I packed up and was ready to go when I lady stopped me to talk to me… It turns out that she took painkillers for her bones as she was in such pain. We spoke for a while and I left her with the picture knowing that she was known and loved by God. Humbled.