By Debbonnaire Kovacs, posted Feb 18, 2016

During the past decade, powerful, prayerful, loving counseling has brought me out of a place of deep psychological fear where I lived for decades. Believing that art is one of the most powerful ways to create and express change, especially change in the way one views reality, I have been working for a long time on this piece, which is based on a hand-drawn Celtic cross design and is created with all the Bible verses I could find that quoted God as saying “Fear not” or “Don’t be afraid.” The material is leather, bought while on sabbatical in 2013 on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. I had been collecting the verses for several years at that point. The marking is done with a fine-point black Sharpie, and I hope to soon have a piece of metal cut to fit and curved like a shield so that I can hang this where I will see it often. I have not used all my verses by any means, so I will probably add some designs in the open quarters.

Until it can be hung, it is difficult to photograph; I hope you can read some of the close-up photo. It features a plain “Fear Not” in its center, and Genesis 15:1 (subject of this week’s devotion) as one of its central knots. The central knot also features Gen. 26:24, Isa. 43:1, and Mark 5:36. (Note: I always put in my own name if a name is mentioned in a passage. In one case, you may see Áapí Kíníí Ítan, which is my Blackfoot name, given to me by the Creator in my teens.)

Fear Not Shield, ink on leather, created and photographed by Debbonnaire Kovacs.

Fear Not Shield, ink on leather, created and photographed by Debbonnaire Kovacs.

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