Saturday, March 18, 2017

One Last Ray of Sunshine Before the Storm


as the darkness gathers and the storm, it nears
a ray of sun, of hope, from heavy clouds appears
an exalted power of faith unseen
has sent a healing ray of sun to intervene

gaze upward to the heavens with uttered prayer
let the golden light lift your deep despair
a gift through the darkness, comes this healing light
know that He has heard you and knows of your plight

all stormy weather must move on its way
then blue skies will once again, grace your day
the sun will cast its shadows and the birds will sing
new dreams will arise and the hope they bring~

-JFM

My lovely sister had breast cancer and a double mastectomy over five years ago. I painted the above painting to auction off at her benefit to help her with medical bills. The poem was written for her and the painting but was private and not part of the auction.
I am so happy to say that my sister rang the bell last October 2016 as a cancer survivor of five years!!!

24 comments:

  1. Beautiful words and a great painting, and how wonderful that you helped our sister this way. Last year I also had my 5 year survivor anniversary, and it was a great feeling. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Oh Valerie...I am so happy for you!!! It is the stories of survivors like your's and my sister's that give one faith and hope to fight as hard as possible this terrible disease and win!!!
      Thank you and a great weekend to you, too~

      Big Hugs!!!

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  2. Good to hear that she is doing well. So nice that your talent as a painter could help.

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    1. We are so rich in love, hope and blessings, we feel sure that these were healing tools, too... as well as the medical treatment my sister had to endure.
      Thank you Sandy 💕

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  3. So happy for your sister's news! Beautiful painting and poem, so suitable for the cause.

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    1. Painting this piece and writing these words helped me, too, through helping my sister.
      Thank you Christine 💕

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  4. I really love your style, it is unique. The painting has such mood and the poetry to go with it is wonderful. Congrats to your sister!

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    1. Hi Gloria! Thank you so much for this lovely and thoughtful comment. We are so proud of her. She fought so hard and was very fortunate as are we the ones who love her~

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  5. Oh Jan, this is just lovely.
    I love how the light does seem to glow in your painting, your words are a joy to read ...
    BUT what is most joyous is the good news about your sister.

    Enjoy your weekend

    All the best Jan

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    1. Good Afternoon Jan!
      Thank you. I know that art heals the soul because I paint and love viewing the art of others. So this painting was born. It was a tool... a visual way of showing my sister and others that where there is light, there is also hope. I can't put into words what I am trying to say... but this is close :)
      Some very good news indeed 💕

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  6. I love the way the subdued palette generates that stormy atmosphere - so effective and beautifully rendered.

    I always tell cancer sufferers my mother's tale. She had terminal cancer in the days when there wasn't much treatment around; at the age of 40 she was given months to live. She died 36 years later of a heart attack - no sign of the cancer.

    She was a very religious women who told the doctors, "But I can't die yet, have a young family to bring up"

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    1. Hi John! I love the story about your mother...it's beautiful and I am so happy for you and your family that she lived another 36 years. I love her attitude!!! Faith can also help heal.

      Thank you...I appreciate so much when other artist find my art interesting and enjoy it~

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  7. I am so glad that your sister is still doing well. The painting is beautiful and moving, as is the poem.

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    1. Hi Lisa...she is quite the fighter and she proved it :)

      Thank you...I do like to paint stormy looking skies. Not because I am depressed but because I actually love cloudy, rainy days!!! Also, the skies in my paintings represent my spiritual side ~

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  8. So glad to hear your sister is doing well. I am a two time survivor of breast cancer. What a wonderful painting.

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    1. WOW!!! Wonderful news Jean...so positive to hear these fantastic survival stories!!!
      Thank you so much :)

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  9. So glad to hear of your sister's good health! The poem and the painting and beautiful, and very meaningful.

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    1. Thank you Marcie... we were so happy when she was able to ring that bell!!!
      They did have a special meaning for our family. Thank you~

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  10. That is wonderful about your sister! I'm so happy everything turned out well. And what a beautiful painting.

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    1. It was a long five years and a happy day when she knew she could finally ring that bell!!!
      Thank you Martha~

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  11. I am so happy for your sister!!! I love this painting and your words! Big Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Stacy! She fought hard and we, her family and friends, are so proud of her!
      Thank you and Big Hugs
      xoxoxo

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