September 16-22 - "God Loveth a Cheerful Giver"
Annie Poon (American, born 1977)
pen on Moleskine journal, 3.5 x 5.5 inches
Collection of the artist
Used with permission of the artist
The artist Annie Poon reads the scriptures every day and incorporates the act of drawing into her study. She takes a sketchbook, kneels next to her couch, and prays, “Heavenly Father, please help me to inspire others and help me to inspire myself.” Then she reads a chapter of scripture on her phone, highlighting verses that strike her. Next she goes back and selects a verse, and thinks, “What if I was writing this scripture about myself?” And then, she says, an image will pop into her mind to relates to her—not illustrating the scripture, as she says, “I’m illustrating my life, my experiences.”
2 Corinthians chapters 8-13 contain pleas from Paul to come to the aid of the less fortunate. He asks the saints to be cheerful givers and reminds them of the simplicity of Christ. Likewise, the drawings of Annie Poon approach the scriptures with a cheerful and simple heart. The artist writes, “I make these drawings to be a gift, a nugget of happiness to help viewers feel supported in their own studies, to encourage them to do this joyful exercise in their minds with their own favorite scriptures. The gift is reciprocated when I receive viewers’ own photos of their scripture sketches. This provides me the strength I need to keep drawing.”
Paul refers to "the simplicity that is in Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:3). In what way can looking for simplicity help in your scripture study?
Art Activity: Pick a scripture in this week's reading and illustrate it as a cartoon. Use your cartoon to help someone else in your family or study group to understand your interpretation of this scripture. Alternate Activity: Pick one scripture and have everyone in your family or study group illustrate the same scripture. Now have everyone describe their interpretation of the scripture through his or her drawing.