Free at last?

Yesterday in the parish we held a workshop on “mental health unwrapped,” which I hoped would allow us as a community to begin to be more honest about mental health issues in the church, and think about how we might address them.  (As an aside, let me just plug the excellent work being done by the Luke14 initiative in facilitating these workshops; they provided the workshop to us at no cost except the materials we were given to keep).

A very striking part of their presentation was to show us some artwork done by Jenny Nicholls, a Christian woman with mental illnesses, in which she had tried to depict and share something of her experiences.  I’ve included three of her pictures in this post; I wonder what you make of them?

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3 comments on “Free at last?

  1. Linda says:

    I think that my post today is related to this topic.

  2. Picture 1 brings to mind Psalm 124:7 “Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken and we are escaped.” Picture 2 is enigmatic – will she put on that happy face when all the bad stuff is removed from her brain and dumped in the garbage can? And #3 in the balance she comes out wanting – not true – believing a lie – sad, sad, sad. 1 John 1:9

  3. comment 2 – in reverse order – happy ending

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