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Watercolor, 9” x 12”
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I am the vine, you are the branches.

John 15:5

In the language of Christian symbolism, grapes have come to stand for redemption. The butterfly, poised to take flight to the heavens, signifies the soul.

Many of us live the “life unexamined.” That is, we do not see how we have fallen short of glory. For some of us that moment never comes. For some of us it comes on gradually; and for some it arrives in a sudden shattering of delusions, in the supreme pain of self-recognition. Afterward, life’s struggles may appear meaningless. We may succumb to cynicism, or at the other extreme, to the pleasures of self-indulgence.

Jesus proclaimed, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” If we search, we find the grace that is offered us. We make peace with our imperfect natures, and we come to know we have a place in God’s eternal Creation.

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