“Bowls of tears”

Psalm 80

March 6, 2019 – Ash Wednesday

“You have fed them with the bread of tears; you have given them bowls of tears to drink”

Psalm 80:5

A cry of desolation from a place where pain is constant and pervasive. But the words “bread and tears” also evoke the phrase “bread and wine,” that meal where suffering has been turned into something life-giving rather than life-sucking. What would it mean to share this meal of bread and tears as if it were a sacrament?

~ My contribution to the current online exhibition presented by the Episcopal Church & Visual Arts. Titled “Suffering,” it’s a collection of works that “display the universal longing and anguish which is part of our incarnational experience.” So appropriate for Lent. http://www.ecva.org/exhibition/Suffering/index.html