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From the Fall 2016 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

Following Christ by Creating

by Terry Peckarsky
C.S. Lewis Institute Fellow

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  Both of my quilts were based on explicitly biblical themes. Torn, inspired by a Matthias Grünewald painting called The Small Crucifixion, portrays the pierced hand of Jesus on the cross. My statement referred to His agony and described this quilt “as a prayer of thanks to the one who loved so completely.” It is not every day that I have the opportunity to say things to complete strangers with a visual aid at hand that points them to the Lord and Redeemer. More recently I’ve presented my work—aspects of its inspiration and my spiritual journey—at two local churches. How did that happen? I didn’t seek out the opportunities, but, when asked to speak, I accepted the challenge. As to my “calling,” the fundamental command of Jesus is “follow Me.” I am learning that a life of transparency and obedience can point to Jesus, a way of saying, like Paul, to believers and not-yet-believers alike, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1 ESV).


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1 Dorothy L. Sayers, “What Do We Believe?” in Letters to a Diminished Church: Passionate Arguments for the Relevance of Christian Doctrine (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2004), 11.
2 C.S. Lewis, “Membership,” in The Weight of Glory (New York: HarperCollins, 2001), 171.
3 Ibid., 167.

Terry Peckarsky,  a native of Northern Virginia, attended Mary Washington College, where she first tasted the grace of friendship with Jesus through an Encounter with Christ retreat weekend. Terry completed Year One of the Fellows Program in 2007. She has been an editor, a homeschooling mom, and a long-time dabbler in the arts. Terry and her husband, Todd, have two adult children.


Recommended Reading:
Dorothy L. Sayers, The Mind of the Maker (HarperCollins, 1987)

This classic, with a new introduction by Madeleine L’Engle, is by turns an entrancing meditation on language; a piercing commentary on the nature of art and why so much of what we read, hear, and see falls short; and a brilliant examination of the fundamental tenets of Christianity.

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