My recent peace project (and a family drama that is playing itself out as we speak) got me thinking about force, the dangers of over-confidence, and the illusion of control. When power over others is the goal, incredible amounts of energy are channeled toward things of man instead of things of God. And for what? Control of money? Circumstances? Reputation? These are fleeting, earthly, temporal things of no eternal value, but they can consume us if we let them and end up defining a life (whether we are the oppressor or the oppressed). Revenge and the exhausting pursuit of justice can entrap us as much as the things we fight against. We have to remember that love is the only response that liberates, and that is its ultimate power -- if we trust it enough to work. Do we?
"Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire." -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Artwork: I completed the piece above after a pointed pen class by Anne Binder. What an awesome tool! I used Arches black cover, Dr. Martin's Bleedproof white, and a Hunt 56 pointed nib.