(c)JenniWhite_2016_LoveAs we prepared to step out of the community of faith that we’ve been a part of for years, I thought and prayed a lot about how to express my love for them.  The words of a Jim Croce song came to mind over and over as I thought about it, “Every time I tried to tell you,
The words just came out wrong, So I’ll have to say I love you in a song.”  And I thought about how often our words weren’t what we meant them to be, especially after a lot of conversations that involved conflict and disagreements.  But I could show this group of people a moment in worship that represented what I loved most about them.   I could show them the blessing and grace I pray for them in an image.  And so in on one of my last Sunday’s, I took a photo during prayer and this piece, “Love,” grew from that photo.  I fought for this image, printing it over and over and eventually taking a poor print and drawing in the missing parts and then painting back into it.  It was as much a work of prayer and release for me as it was a physical labor.