The central theme of this painting is the doorway. The entrance shows a way in and a way out, depicting God's 'watch over our coming and going'. He is the gatekeeper of our soul, closer than close and never asleep.
The footsteps leading in and out are planted straight and firm - never wavering as the gatekeeper keeps us on track.
On the door are two letters in Hebrew, which read from right to left: the Aleph and the Taw (in Greek, the Alpha and Omega). God, the Eternal One, the Beginning and the End.
On the left hand side is shown a key. No gatekeeper is without one. Here it represents God's ability to unlock the deepest part of our beings where no one else can enter. On the right hand side, half-seen, is a lightbearing lamp, again essential to the gatekeeper.
The menorah provides light in the night. Also, as seen in the painting, by day the sun is casting shadows from its branches which provide welcome shade at midday. At the top of the painting we see distant mountains, depicting a 24 hour time span. From dark to light, from dawn 'til dusk, seven days a week, 12 months a year; from the moment of my conception until my dying day.
- Psalm 121 -
mixed technique/acrylic on canvas
( 1.20 m. - 1.00 m.)
"I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neiither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you- the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going, both now and forever more.
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