Over time we come together – 28 March 2022

Different coloured hands reach towards a central yellow disc, that represents the sun, a source of light and life. They are layered, overlapping, yet not yet touching. There are no clasped hands here – yet. The artwork is Aboriginal, a background filled with symbols representing various fragments of life – so many things give meaning. The hands are those of people with different ethnic and national origins. What does it take to bring such diversity together? What will be the result?

 

The painting ‘Over time we come together’ (2015) is by Aboriginal artist Cassie Leatham. She has spoken about this work of art and its meaning.

“Over Time We Come Together has my family’s hands blending together to come as one, and the sun is at the centre of the artwork, as the giver of life,”

“Being an Indigenous woman with a non-Indigenous partner and family, it’s all about accepting one another. I don’t think it matters where you are as an Aboriginal person, as long as you’re keeping culture alive and you’re working with everyone; it’s about coming together and being as one.”

“Reconciliation means acknowledging a multicultural community, building bridges, working together and understanding each other,” she said.

“I find that a lot can be lost if you don’t talk about things, it’s really about sitting down and sharing stories, it’s about walking together on one road not lots of different roads.

“Sometimes I feel like I’m walking the road alone.”

 

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

 

Some may have blamed you that you took away
The verses that could move them on the day
When, the ears being deafened, the sight of the eyes blind
With lightning, you went from me, and I could find
Nothing to make a song about but kings,
Helmets, and swords, and half-forgotten things
That were like memories of you—but now
We’ll out, for the world lives as long ago;
And while we’re in our laughing, weeping fit,
Hurl helmets, crowns, and swords into the pit.
But, dear, cling close to me; since you were gone,
My barren thoughts have chilled me to the bone.

William Butler Yates, Reconciliation