Silence

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I am in the very beginning stages of writing my next book – about the healing journey of the artist and the artist as healer. This post and artwork touches on how God heals through the artistic process. It’s beautiful!

Colleen Briggs

Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls; 2014; 29" x 21"; watercolor. Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls; 2014; 29″ x 21″; watercolor.

There was a time in my life when I was stunned into silence. I unexpectedly received news of harm done to someone I love, two days later met the person who caused the harm face-to-face, and then several days after that received medical confirmation for my loved one of resulting lifelong disability.

It was too much, too fast. I shut down. People who cared deeply about me surrounded me, yet knew nothing of what was happening, or only bits and pieces. Grief penetrated like an arrow so deeply buried that even the shaft disappeared into the aching flesh of my heart. I stopped writing, and I stopped verbalizing anything that wasn’t absolutely necessary for some time after.

I understood why sometimes children cope with trauma by refusing to speak.  For some things, there are no words. Painting, however, over the…

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2 thoughts on “Silence

  1. Thank you so much for re-posting Jody! I thank God that He has given us a language for the soul when words fail. It took me a long time to realize how much I needed this language. Your work helps validate a pathway to healing that is often under-recognized. Even beyond my own journey, I think of a time when one of my children tried to process deep, deep trauma; and he was unable to access words. But when he drew his pain, he was able to share the unbearable and thus to access healing. I am so grateful to God for the gift of creativity.

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