May/June 2022

Rising Wings

by Rachel Veal

Rising Wings – Malachi 4:2-4

As I was praying and thinking over these verses, I kept envisioning a moving sky with a marvelous radiance and the impression of wings whose power almost made the earth and sky bend together at their edges. Here the loose brushstrokes give the feeling of movement and gold hues offer luminance. The field extends back toward the sky, for all living things which fear the Lord are running with joy to meet Him. The dark band along the bottom edge is representational—the reminder that there is a different fate for those who do not fear the Lord. 

Dawn and Hope

The ash has fallen around me
from the fire and the storm. 
I was young when first You found 
me, now Your promises have worn 
my lips and all the ears of those around me, 
in the darkness they’re our dawn. 
Until Your light silences all sorrow 
and Your song wills our weary bones to dance
Our hope today, the sweetness of Your Tomorrow. 
The plans of those who would ensnare us never stood a chance
In all they would beg, steal, and borrow 
For You speak life into existence and bring peace with just a glance.

About the Artist

Rachel Veal is an artist, dancer, writer, and art professor (Lee University and UTC). Whether performing, painting, or pursuing other creative adventures —— she finds vision and inspiration through the Holy Spirit and the world that the Lord has made. Her faith and family are near to heart and reflected in her artistic pursuits. She loves spending time with her nephews, baking, and running in the Chickamauga Battlefield Park with all the deer. She and Jason (Craven) are looking forward to being married mid-summer. Keep on the lookout as she has other art projects in the works! And feel free to follow her on Instagram (@screaminvivi) and check out her website to see more of her artwork: