“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
— Isaiah 60: 1,2
When former chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng quoted the above Bible verses during his keynote speech at the recent Time2Rise gathering outside Bloemfontein, Eastern Cape artist Tess Lovemore knew that she wanted to give him one of her paintings.
The painting was one of a collection of artworks on display in a prophetic art tent at the gathering. Tess explains: “The painting is supposed to be a comment on 2020. The world was upside down and the reason I painted it was Isaiah 60 — the earth in deep darkness, people in deep darkness BUT Arise shine.”
Tess, who is from the seaside village of Cannon Rocks, gave the painting which depicts the glory of God rising above the upside-down world, to event facilitator Dr Arno van Niekerk, who presented it to a surprised but delighted Mogoeng after his speech on Saturday October 7.
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