Paintings & Stories
These four women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba have something in common. They are grandmothers in Jesus’ family tree! Grandmothers! Some had affairs, were prostitutes, lied and were truly not the starry-eyed perfect princesses. But God chose them..... These four broken women. And that’s why I gave them crowns. A symbol of grace and love from our Creator and Redeemer.
The family tree of Christ startingly notes not one woman but four. Four broken women—women who felt like outsiders, like has-beens, like never-beens.
Women who were weary of being taken advantage of, of being unnoticed, and uncherished and unappreciated; women who didn’t fit in, who didn’t know how to keep going, what to believe, where to go—women who had thought about giving up. And Jesus claims exactly these who are
And worn out
He grafts you into His line and His story and His heart, and He gives you His Name, his lineage, his righteousness.
Wow...powerful yet such tender grace.
May we all walk forth this day, this advent, this new year with new eyes to see grace in more beautiful ways and give grace to others and receive grace from God as well.
To God be the glory. Amen and amen.
The Four Grace Club
Since advent of 2015, I have thought about “The Four” (Jesus’ grandmother’s... Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba) over and over again. I’ve painted them many times since then, and each time it’s a gift to paint because this painting and story has grown into something I treasure deeply. As each brush stroke goes on the canvas, I have thought of each woman and their life and the sorrows they carried yet the faith they carried as well. And these women have become my friends.
I think of heaven and meeting them and giving them a hug and thanking them for their stories. Because their lives have made an impact on mine and so many. Their lives show grace.... that fascinating beautiful Jesus Grace.
I have heard from many of you and some have said, “If God chose those four women to be grandmothers of Jesus, then maybe God could use me—despite my past, my weary heart, my failings, my sufferings.” And so truly, we are all in this together. And I wanted to paint the women who have gone before us... Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba and have them linking arms with us—the daughters and moms and teachers and songwriters and artists and doctors and nurses and ministers and the list goes on.
And I like to call this painting the “Four Grace Club” and anyone can be a member. In fact, God has us all in this club because we all need his rescuing daily. We all need to remind each other that when we fall and are weary and tired and worn out and mess up, we have each other to link arms with and remind each other of Jesus our Rescuer.
So you can place yourself in this row and give yourself a crown because you...
Belong to God and he hears you.
He sees you.
He knows you so well and deeply loves you no matter what.
So come as you are. God is here with all grace and all love.