Can't Keep Silent Image License (Isaiah 61:10-62:3)

Can't Keep Silent Image License (Isaiah 61:10-62:3)

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Can’t Keep Silent
Digital painting
By Lisle Gwynn Garrity
Inspired by Isaiah 61:10-62:3

From our “Those Who Dream” Advent 2020 collection.

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  • high-res image file formatted for print

  • high-res image file formatted for web/projection

  • A PDF of the Artist's statements & scripture reference for the visual

  • A visio divina Bible Study Guide for you to use this image in a group study session that incorporates the ancient Benedictine spiritual practice of "divine seeing."

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From the artist:

When I read through Isaiah’s words, I immediately visualized Mary, wrapped in a robe of righteousness, proclaiming what she knew to be true: “God has lifted up the lowly and filled the hungry with good things.” Mary could not keep silent.

Then I thought of the prophet Isaiah, whose fierce visions for a weary world welled up from within him: “For Jerusalem’s sake, I won’t sit still.” He could not keep silent.

Then I thought of thousands of women shamed and scrutinized, who have risked everything to name their abusers. They could not keep silent.

Then I thought of the names we speak to honor the memory of lives abruptly and unjustly cut short—Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, George Floyd, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown. . . the list goes on. We cannot keep silent.

And then I thought of myself—of the times I have held back, buried my pain, avoided a hard conversation, worried about others’ perceptions, or become numb to the wrongs of the world. I cannot keep silent.

And yet, what I find most compelling about this passage is its particular emphasis and global reach. The prophet speaks for the sake of Zion, a city desperate to be revived. But as the prophet pursues God’s dreams for his battered home and for the people he loves, the Divine Dreamer has more to grow: righteousness and praise in every nation. For the difference between a pipe dream and God’s dreams is that God’s dreams hold timeless and expansive power. We can’t be silent because there’s too much at stake. There are too many seeds in the ground, ready to spring up from the soil.

— Lisle Gwynn Garrity

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