The hymn “Like a River Glorious” was the prompting of this two page spread. The torn strips of paper are painted tissue paper glued down and layered with matte medium. I drew and wrote the letters with pencil and then went over them with a permanent drawing pen. After the ink dried, I erased the pencil lines and tinted the letters, the upper background and some of the strips of “waves” with fluid acrylic paint. 

“Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace, 
over all victorious in its bright increase.
Perfect yet it floweth fuller ev’ry day
Perfect yet it groweth deeper all the way.
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blessed,
finding as He promised, perfect peace and rest.”
– Frances Ridley Havergal

shared by the Maranatha Community:

“May all my storms subside as I accept your real presence.
As I kneel before you I give you my heart and all my emotions
all my deepest feelings that lie hidden within me.
I give you my stillness, but I also give you the turbulence,
the cross currents of my life,
my feelings of failure and rejection.
I give you every relationship, every situation in my life
all my reactions, all my outbursts of joy and of anger
all my moments of elation and despair.
Lord I give you my intellect.
I lay before you all my frail thoughts and ideas,
I give you all my searching and striving,
my grasping after truth.
I give you all my ignorance and confusion.
I give you all my questions and doubts.
I acknowledge you to be truth,
truth in its entirety,
total truth in all its purity,
 the Truth which can set me free
in my body, my mind and my spirit,
free from all the bondage,
free from all the lies and deceit of the world,
free from my own selfishness and pride and greed.
Break the chains which hold me back Lord,
fling open the door of my prison,
that I may pass from the darkness of this world, my world
and walk out into the bright light of your presence.”


  1. This is wonderful, Val… beautiful imagery and good idea. The teacher in you comes flowing down the river, reviving my lagging creativity.

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