Last week Wednesday, I started painting this door. It's entitled ,'The Prays House Door'.
In South Carolina you will find small places of worship built on plantations during slavery, Praise Houses or as I say, Prays Houses, still serve an important spiritual role in the Gullah community today. Written on the door is the Lord's Prayer in Gullah. As I was creating this painting I found a small padlock that would hang on the latch of the door with the key. Once I unlocked the lock and placed it on the latch, I nor others could lock it back again. This morning I realized why. You see, I had opened the door to the prayers of our ancestors. Prayers so powerful that even the chains of slavery or this world could not contain. Prayers for the protection of not only their generation, but generations to come.
I remember my grandparents used to say, 'These are praying times.' They not only prayed for us, they understood and believed that faith without works is dead. They did their part. They ran a good race. They passed the baton and they continue to pray for our generation to run and fight the good fight of faith.
I sometimes wonder where would we be if it had not been for the Lord on our side.....
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever." -Hebrews 13:8