Melissa Alvey's 40 Dawns and 40 Dusks is an extraordinary combination of watercolors, meditation, scripture, and prayer. In her acknowledgments, Melissa wrote of George MacDonald being a source of inspiration who guided her to hope; he would be most pleased to be associated with this wonderful book.
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From the Introduction, by Kathryn Kong:
Jesus' death broke the curse and defeated death. His resurrection invites us into a new reality, an intimate relationship with the living God. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can do as Wendell Berry encourages: to practice resurrection.
In 40 Dawns & 40 Dusks, Melissa Alvey does just that, practicing resurrection with each brush stroke. She does not shy away from themes of death, darkness, suffering, or pain; instead, she engages these themes with skill and grace, revealing the beauty in the darkness and focusing our eyes to see little resurrections each day.
Ultimately, this collection is a meditation on hope: as surely as dawn turns to dusk, so, too, dawn resurrects from dusk. Even when darkness presses in, the promise of grace shines bright. After the long night, morning comes.