Crowned with Glory
Mother's Day 2022
Happy day to mothers everywhere, biological moms, adopted moms, foster moms, spiritual moms, moms in-law, grandmoms, great-grands, and all others. My favorite painting of all time, "The Four", by Tricia Robinson, is a joyful rendering of four mothers; to my great delight, she has permitted me to share her work in this blog.
"These four women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba have something in common. They are grandmothers in Jesus’ family tree! Grandmothers! Some had affairs, some were prostitutes. Some lied and were not the starry eyed perfect princesses. But still God chose them... These four broken women. That’s why they have crowns. A symbol of grace and love from our Creator and Redeemer.
The family tree of Christ startlingly notes not one woman but four. Four broken women who felt like outsiders, like has-beens, like never-beens. Women who were weary of being taken advantage of, of being unnoticed, uncherished and unappreciated. Women who didn’t fit in, didn’t know how to keep going or what to believe, where to go. Women who thought about giving up. And yet Jesus claims exactly these women. Wandering, wondering, wounded, worn out...and His. He grafts you into His line, His story and His heart. He gives you His name, His lineage, and His righteousness." Anne Voskamp and Tricia Robinson Art.
I love that Tricia Robinson gave these women visible crowns representing the crowns of glory Christ bestowed on them and bestows also on you and me. Tricia painted a second painting, "The Four Grace Club", depicting everyday women, perhaps you and me, arm in arm with "The Four”.
Tricia Robinson, https://triciarobinson.com/products/four-grace-club
Tricia Robinson says, "I wanted to paint the women who have gone before us and they are not the sparkly, polished, perfect women... but they belong in the most amazing lineage of all time and they are Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba and they are linking arms with us! — the daughters and mothers and teachers and artists and doctors and songwriters and film editors and nurses and designers and ministers and writers and the list goes on. So you can place yourself in this row and give yourself a crown because you belong to God and He hears you and sees you. He knows you so well and He deeply loves you no matter what."
A great resource to share with the moms in you life is 'Moms In Prayer International' (MIP). At the link below one can find and join a MIP group to gather with and pray with other local moms. https://momsinprayer.org/get-involved/join-a-group/