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When I prayed for these beautiful young people on the morning of their wedding, thoughts of the separate worlds of the earthly and spiritual realm and the three-stranded cord came to mind.
As I painted I felt the full weight of support for this couple from both realms: the people who surround them in the natural, and the heavenly host, the great cloud of witnesses, cheering them on as they run their race.
The tree represents Casey-Lee and Izaacc as individuals, entwined and abiding in the Holy Trinity. The three-stranded cord. Each nourished and protected by the same source – with roots deeply planted in the foundation of their faith. The three, of course, symbolic of the trinitarian relationship. I wrote “3 in 1” on the canvas before I began. They are never alone as in God they are always connected. Always three in one. Even when there’s a ‘disconnect’ in daily married life, as sometimes happens in any marriage journey, the golden cord is not broken.
The three stranded cord (Ecc 4:12) is often used in wedding ceremonies but I felt there was a further aspect for Casey-Lee and Izaacc – with the three representing the symbiotic relationship between them “as one”; the earthly realm; and the spiritual realm.
The left side of the tree represents the myriad of family and friends supporting them. Blue represents humanity and healing, and pink is the colour of joy. The right side is the entry to the heavenly realm. Gold represents divinity and glory, and purple is the colour of royalty.
I was adding the finishing touches as the newlyweds were having photographs taken by the river bank, and suddenly the setting sun hit the canvas through the trees and a glorious gold appeared. It was unbelievably beautiful and I felt heaven’s approval over Casey-Lee and Izaacc.
Ecc 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.
Size: 102cm x 76cm. Medium: Atelier acrylics on professional canvas
Painted: Wedding ceremony Casey-Lee Morris and Izaacc Brewer 16th April 2021