Tuesday, January 01, 2013

HOPE ~ A New Years Promise

Studio on New Years Day 2013

This year I make no new resolutions, but I have set many personal goalsI suppose they would sound like resolutions if I were to list them all out, but somehow the very word "resolution" convinces me of the likelihood that I might fail - the way going on a diet becomes a battle of the inner will and I know I eventually give in to the temptation and, somewhere along the line, forget about my resolve altogether.

I am putzing around the studio reflecting today, New Years Day 2013, enjoying the rare unstructured time, still in my pjs and fuzzy socks. Apron on, paintbrush in one hand, gluten free salted caramel cupcake in the other (thanks to my daughter's very thoughtful boyfriend!), dabbing a little paint here and a little gesso there on formerly unfinished and rejected collage works, happy I saw the value in not throwing them away and pleased at how these flawed pieces often turn into my most treasured work.

My word for this year is HOPE. Hope for a future. Hope for my own life's purpose and a plan to help get me there. Hope that I have redeemed value and worth, that I have a voice and can be used by and for a cause much greater then myself. Hope in promises given to me years ago and the desire to instill and pass on this hope to others. Hope that brings freedom, and new life and purpose, that strengthens identities, binds up and heals old wounds, restores, redeems, and brings about long lasting change. 

This kind of hope has nothing to do with empty wishing, or white knuckled determination or resolve. It is the kind of hope that knows it is not all up to me, and that there is a God who sees me and is taking my flaws and turning them into one of His treasured works.

No this year I don't want the shaky ground of resolutions, I want to stand on the promises of hope.

"He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners."


  1. "Promises of hope" is such a beautiful promise... to everyone who is creating a new start and making ART ...this is a very supportive affirmation. I wish you Peace in 2013!!!! Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez stewart

  2. Happy New Year Crystal! Hope is a great word for 2013.