Because of the difficulties the few weeks prior, we wondered if I was going to be able to go to Victoria BC to facilitate a Visual Prayer & Blessing Workshop and paint during the Sunday service.
|Keith and I, selfie on the ferry|
|Ferry Terminal in Victoria BC – Such a beautiful harbour!|
Fortunately we went, and as we arrived safely on the ferry, Keith and I were surprised by abundant blessing, community, and collaboration of the Spirit. The experience exceeded my hopes! We were so cared for. I am both humbled and grateful!
|Beverley and I after Worship Painting Sunday morning|
Beverley and I first met online through this blog, and then in person at our local Washington County Artists Open Studio Tour last October. That started a conversation that led to this past weekend, going up to their hometown in Victoria BC. Beverley, and her husband Ron, opened their home and hearts to Keith and I. She had arranged for the workshop and worship painting in their church. Because of their thoughtful preparation and God’s blessing, the workshop flowed with joy and ease. Here are a few photos from the workshop:
|Here are almost all of us. What an amazing and sweet group of women!|
During the workshop time, Keith took some photos and joined in the loading of vegetables, as they harvested potatoes and picked other vegetables from the community garden for the food bank. Fun! We got the chance to share life stories, laugh, shed a few tears, and I believe, insight was received the whole way around. Win/win. I love that!
“Orchestrated by the Spirit” or “Spirit Orchestration” is what Pastor Ken Peters called what happened this past weekend. I agree! The visions we had individually for the message, the painting, even the song chosen to close the service was amazing. More than a coincidence…. a collaboration with Holy Spirit and one another! As Ken gave his message, I painted to the cadence of his voice, poetic and meaningful. When he finished, I painted the final strokes. Gratitude!
|New Friends! Worship Painting at Saanich Community Church, Victoria BC – Valerie Sjodin©|
Keith and I finished our time in Victoria with celebration and joy. A wonderful dinner at the 10 Acres and heartfelt blessing with our server Willis. Yes, it is really all about relationships….