After learning pentalic calligraphy in college, I have always been fascinated with the ways in which words appear on a page, and the artistry of calligraphy in all forms. If you question my devotion to the art form, let me just say that I own every volume of the St. John’s Bible collection plus supplementary books.
The following are playful experiments with rephrasing Bible verses that are important to me, and rendering them in a specific format: free form with watercolor. I hesitate to call them calligraphy because of the vast distance between them and the master work of real calligraphers. Nevertheless, these are fun for me to do. I use them as greeting cards, gifts, and encouragement for people who seem to need them. I invite you to download and print them if they are helpful to you. Be fair and give credit if you post them elsewhere on the internet, using only my name (Deb Mechler) and not the blog address, please.
Jeremiah 29:11 is an important verse for many people who need hope. They need to know that God is in their future, and that, as Teresa of Avila said, “All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”
(1 Corinthians 12:9) How many of us struggle with anxiety because we think we don’t have what it takes
to meet the challenges we face? How many girls and women get the message that they aren’t pretty enough, or smart enough, or (insert your pet self-criticism here) enough? How many boys and men feel incredible pressure to be enough, earn enough, pump enough iron?
God tells us in a million ways that we are enough, because God says so. God has given us a divine spark, a unique perspective, a voice like no other. God’s love for you is more than enough today and every day. Here’s the beautiful secret about God’s grace: your weakness is the right size and shape for the tailor-made net weight of loveliness and compassion God pours into the vessel of your life.
(Lamentations 3:23) “Great is Thy Faithfulness” is one of my top five hymns. Faithfulness is my favorite among God’s attributes. It reminds me that I don’t have to hope for more of God’s help in the future, someday when everything will be better. God is with me now, no matter what, and will faithfully get me through this day and every day. Jeremiah, “the weeping prophet” penned “great is thy faithfulness…thy mercies are new every morning” in his book of Lamentations. To me, it means a lot more than if a 19th century hymn writer had come up with it on a beautiful day in May.
(Psalm 27:8) This verse as chosen as the theme of a retreat I was involved with. I made this version as a business card sized piece to give to everybody who attended.