Are you giving something up for Lent this year?
This is the very first year I will give up something for Lent. I write about it in the chapter on Self-Control in my new book,
. Let’s just say it’s something very near and dear to my heart, in a place where God wants to have primary residence. The Fruitful Life
Original artwork in pen and ink, 2001
Our whole class stood in the hallway to view a critique
the first day of our final semester
and when you took your normal place beside me
I cut away to the far corner.
Confusion crossed your face
but you didn’t follow me.
Pomegranate, 2000, graphite and colored pencil
When you saw my sparkly diamond ring
your congratulations sounded hollow
as you clenched your jaw.
Yet you sat across from me
every day, sharing bits and pieces
of your life in conversation.
We illustrated autumn produce:
yours striped squash, mine pomegranate.
Detail from Medieval Lettering, colored pencil and ink, 2000
The first time we spoke
you approached me after our class critique
of illuminated letters.
Wowed you were by my velvety black lettering
by my gilded William Morris grapevines
by my lush Gustav Klimt flowers.
Original illustration in ink and colored pencil, based on the Counting Crows’ “Perfect Blue Buildings,” 2001
Don’t let yourself get too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. I heard someone preach on that once. But this fall semester I’m all four.