The sculpture, “The Visit,” was created as our women’s group
began planning a retreat. The first piece of our theme came to
me through Graham Kendrick’s song “Go Forth in His Name.”
Go forth in his name, proclaiming "Jesus reigns!" Now is
the time for the church to arise, And proclaim him "Jesus, Saviour, Redeemer and Lord"
Countless the souls that are stumbling in darkness, Why do
we sleep in the light? Jesus commands us to go make disciples…
I sensed that our retreat could be an opportunity for deeper
growth – rest and renewal, yes – but the lyrics challenged me.
How could we inspire each other, knowing we are being called
out to share God's love and intentionally invite others in to
God’s loving relationship?
As I considered this for our retreat I also read this from
Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the
hill country, where she entered the house… and greeted
Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child
leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy
Mary went to tell Elizabeth about this amazing, life-changing
occurrence. As Christians we have also experienced something
life-changing. It is love. It is relationship with the living,
loving God. It is hope.
“The Visit” portrays Elizabeth embracing Mary, telling Mary
she is blessed for believing what the Lord told her. So, it is
also about choice – choosing to believe the Good News, and
choosing to share it with others.