Good. Friday.

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6The dark cross in this painting is massive. It dominates the canvas. It dominates the consciousness of anyone who gazes upon this incredible painting by Georgia O’Keefe. I love this painting. The New Mexico hills look like the backs of elephants stacked side by side. You want to touch this cross. Feel the pegs at the center of the painting. Spirit is tactile. Awareness wants skin. But there is also a horizon of light — yellow and orange and red — and it spreads from one side of the canvas to the other, a reminder that the somberness of death is not the whole story. There is a light. It beckons us to follow. To believe. To look through the suffering of today and see that there is something beyond it. That takes faith, of course, but Good Friday is a good day for faith.

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