A dear friend of ours got married over the weekend and this piece was a gift for her and her new husband. It is a testimony to God's faithfulness in their lives.
Our friend became a widow 15 years ago, at the age 43 years old. She was left to care for five children, ages 7 to 16. Our church family, as well as her immediate family, took seriously the biblical mandate to "care for widows and orphans". And the Lord was faithful to become husband and father to her and her children. We watched in awe as her "mourning was turned into gladness" and her children grew to be men and women who loved the Lord with their whole heart, soul, mind and strength.
Her new husband was also a widower for 2 years and father to 3 young adult children.
Theirs is a story of love, loss, healing and love again. And this verse has become their theme. The fall colors were chosen by both of them, to fit with their living room decor. I used a pointed brush with gouache for the lettering and watercolors for the color.