Samson's Amazing Day by Gretchen Smith April 2008

Gretchen Smith

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In the end of April 2008 I had the priviledge of painting live with a 200 person choir from Crossroads Christian Church and Nazarene Baptist Church from Evansville Indianna. We performed live on the riverfront stage in Paducah Kentucky during the annual quilt show which attracts 30,000 visitor annually. On Sunday we performed live at Four Rivers Church at the Executive Inn which is Quilt Central.

The theme for the performances was Still Amazed. I thought of the story of Samson. I wondered what was going through his mind…what he was thinking before he performed one last amazing feat of strength. Here is the story from Judges 16

“When they stood him among the pillars, 26 Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.” 27 Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform. 28 Then Samson prayed to the LORD, “O Sovereign LORD, remember me. O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29 Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, 30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived. "

The image show here is a portion of the original design which shows more of the man and more of the pillars. The original paintings is 5 feet by 5 feet created live in approximately one hour.

Gretchen M. Smith

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