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Peter’s Art – A Message from Mom

Today my desire is to share a little more about Peter.  I liked Craig Sivil’s post yesterday that gave a brief glimpse into his life in the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association.  Speech and Debate was a large part of Peter’s life during his last two years of his high school.

Peter is also a gifted artist.  He’s been drawing since he was a little tyke of two, spreadeagled on the floor, stomach down with a pencil and paper. His very earliest characters were no mere stick figures. Even those first drawings held a lot of wit and insight. Once when asked to draw a picture of his favorite toy, Peter immediately drew a pencil. When he was seven, he entered the Fort Worth Stock Show Art Contest and took first place in his age division.  He went on to place another first and a fourth in his age division in following years, as well as Grand Champion one year – top prize for all age divisions. (I’m hoping that we post some of his pieces on the group page soon).

Peter’s cousins related the time Peter got in trouble in a classroom.  A few kids were doodling on paper while a film was being shown.  Peter was the only one called down on it.  And the teacher threatened to tell his parents if he continued “doodling.”  Why?  Because Peter’s “doodling” was an elaborate scene of a knight on a raging battlefield of men and horses.

As a literary family (or as one of our friends has lovingly pointed out after reading these entries – as a family of “geeks”), we have read through many books over the years.  Peter has always been fascinated with the literary idea of the “Christ figure,” a person in the story who lives beyond his years in kindness and understanding, or who ends up bearing the weight of another’s struggle, who forgives another at great personal cost, or who sacrificially lays down his life for someone else in the story. Such characters function as a “type” of Christ in these stories.

Two of Peter’s most beautiful pieces of art are from a series he began three or four years ago(but then became busy with high school and never finished) of Christ figures from stories we’ve read. After reading David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, Peter fashioned a clay figure of the young Ham dashing into the waves towards a sinking passenger ship.  (At peril to his own life, Ham ends up rescuing a young man named Steerforth, the rake who stole his fiancee from him.)

Another story Peter likes is Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, so he sculpted an aging Jean Valjean bearing a wounded young man on his back through the gutters of Paris in order to rescue him from being taken in battle. This young Marius is suitor to Cosette, Valjean’s adopted daughter – the girl to whom he’s devoted and for whom he has sacrificed his whole life. Marius was the young man who would woo her away from him.

Pete was planning another clay figure of Sidney Carton (from Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities) on his way to the guillotine to die in the place of Charles Darnay, the gentlemanly husband of the woman Carton secretly loves.  Peter had also considered sculpting Uncle Tom, the Christ figure from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Civil War era novel.

I don’t want to glamorize Pete, but I do like to think that the suffering he’s experiencing on his hospital bed is accomplishing spiritual work in us all.  May the Lord make it so.  I do know that your sacrificial prayers, love and support (meals, cards, green juice, hosts for the waiting room lobby, contributions, visits, house cleanings, house preparations to make ready for Peter, lawn mowings, and so much more) have certainly accomplished a strong undergirding of God’s grace in us.

“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”  1 John 3:16


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  1. Barbara White
    August 26, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Peter,you and Doug and your family are in our constant prayers. Your “blog” has been such a blessing. Hope you and Doug will continue to “blog” in the future – A scripture that is special at the time would be special to us too who love tou all.

  2. jackie
    August 28, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Lifting you all up and believing God is reaching back to hold you tightly, praying and won’t stop for your heavy load to lighten up, thank you all for your faithful testimony of God’s love to a hurting family. He is working on all of us as we walk with you, to bring Him Glory.
    you all are wonderful family
    ……Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
    teach me your paths.
    Lead me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all the day long.

    Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
    psalm 25…

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