Commissioned and owned by Jessica Stabler 16" x 20" Oil on stretched canvas
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She Found She'd Grown Wings
"She Found She'd Grown Wings" Lisa Draper 30" x 40" Oil on Canvas
The darkness that surrounds us as we struggle through the journey of survivor is tangible. Rage, bitterness, fear, anger, anguish, betrayal, loss, guilt, shame, etc. All of it all-encompassing at times….
This piece views the glorious end of the most excruciating part of the healing process. At this point in my own journey, I realized that I could accept and forgive, even though I knew I'd never be fully whole, and my pain/forgiveness cycle would continue on and off for a lifetime.
The cloth represents the "something" that all survivors must cling to in order to get through the initial parts of the grief/healing process, and when things come back later on in life. This "something" and the reasoning behind it is different for everyone.
The cloth is red because, for me, this "something" is my belief in my Savior, Jesus Christ. Once the dust settled, I felt like no one really knew exactly how betrayed I felt. Even other survivors, though their stories are, in many cases, much more painful than mine, don't understand exactly MY emotions and MY story. But the belief that there is someone out there who actually knows, without any variance, exactly how I feel, and rose through and above it gives me hope that I can, too.
As that heavy darkness began to dissipate, and light took its place, I realized that I could see things more clearly than I could before. I had more understanding - more empathy. I could more easily feel love and understanding for others who were trudging through their own personal hell. I was more able to place appropriate boundaries on my life, my time, and my love.…...
As the darkness dissipated, I found I’d grown wings.
May you grow wings, too. May yours be powerful, and a true force for good. May they carry you to the lonely, the suffering, and those sitting in darkness, just like you were. May you find love, forgiveness, peace, and healing. May you feel of God’s love, and of mine. May you place boundaries where needed, and stand tall, opening wide your heart within a place of hope and safety.
I love you
God loves you You have great worth, and are a powerful force for good