“Make your hearts firm because the coming of the Lord is at hand.”
One of my favorite crafty art projects is called crayon etching.
You begin by taking a plain white piece of paper, any size will do.
I will use my heart today in place of paper…not a young child’s heart…not a well seasoned heart…just a heart open to all the possibilities friendship has to offer.
Next you gather crayons of every color.
The heart explored all that was new and good in this loving relationship…it took in every little nuance…each twinkle in her eye…the curve of her mouth in a warm smile…and the joyful sound of her laughter.
The more colors the better.
We joined together the hearts of our families bringing together every color possible under the rainbow…it was glorious…sharing together around the table…playing games late into the night…sharing funny stories.
Now you begin to color the paper with one color at a time pressing as hard as you can.
Our two hearts reveled at each opportunity to bring more colors into our souls’ consciousness…we had so much precious time together…sometimes filled with hurried busyness…sometimes simply sitting in silence enjoying the sunset.
The whole idea is to get the paper saturated with as much color as possible.
The more opportunities to share together the more saturated our hearts became with the vibrant colors of our beings…the colors filled up our hearts and overlapped with such vivid brilliant color…it was almost magical.
It should feel slick as the wax builds up from the crayons.
As our hearts became “slick” with the love of our friendship…they also came to an understanding of unconditional love…an acceptance of the short comings of one another…a knowing that we would always be there for one another.
When you have completed this step no white paper should be visible.
Our hearts are now filled with so much love… only the colors of love can be seen; by all who observe from near and far.
Oh, and one word of caution I forgot to tell you; there is one color you may not use, black.
The heart was happy not to use the color black. But now the heart is beginning to feel as if it is being covered in black and there is nothing it can do to stop the black from coming. The heart tries to only look for the beautiful colors, but it gets more difficult each time the hearts are together now. My heart tries to comfort her heart as best as it can…mostly no words are necessary. Even if my heart can no longer see the vivid colors I know they are there underneath the black…for together we completely filled our hearts with vivid colors.
The color black is not used when you color your white paper…
I know the other bright happy colors are there, but the color black absorbs and obscures all other colors.
…you will see why later…
In this craft project you have one more step. In this step a new colorful picture emerges as you carefully scratch away the black crayon little by little. Little by little the scratching reveals a “new” picture. This “new” picture becomes intensified because of the black.
My heart does not yet know when or even if this black will be able to be scraped off. I can only hope that when it happens the new etching revealed will be equally as beautiful. Patiently we wait, trust, and struggle to believe.
For my heart the color black
an emotion of great sadness associated
with loss or bereavement.