Hymns, songs, quotes and words are among my favorite things to paint. There is a connection between the words that stirs a deep emotion in my soul.
I am moved by something that I once read that says,
“I love the old songs,
The ones that people sang together through all of the dramas in their lives,
The songs that were passed like heirlooms from one generation to another,
And are still remembered.”
For me, most of those old songs are hymns that I sang growing up in church every Sunday. “I Need Thee Every Hour”, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”, “It Is Well With My Soul”, and of course, “How Great Thou Art”.
These hymns played a significant role in my life during a very difficult time. While on my early morning walks each day, I would sing any hymn that came to mind, in an effort to ease the hurt in my heart. God always gave me the words that I needed for the day as he promises in
Psalms 32: 7, “You are my hiding place, you will protect me from troubles and
surround me with songs of deliverance”.
During this painful time in my life, painting these words on canvas brought me great comfort.
My first painting, “Take It To The Lord In Prayer” will always be the most dear to me because it brought me such peace. No matter what you face during this life there is One who is always available to listen.
Hymns are an important thread in the fabric of my life. Their words leave precious memories behind when their melodies cease. I hope you too will remember the hymns of your youth and be able to hear the music again.
Donna R. Campbell