April 5, 2020
This week's Wednesday Word
"Daughters of Zion" by Hannah Garrity
used with permission
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Jerusalem is the daughter of Zion. In her we see overlayed intricacies of architecture and city planning. The beauty of her people. The layout of her family tree. The importance of her lineage. The repetition of her ancient stories. The importance of her prophets. The telling of true, right, and good. The incredible way that we live into our story, into God’s story.
Here in Matthew, as Jesus prepares to arrive in Jerusalem to lay down his life for God’s children, he harkens back to the past. He recalls a simple prophecy, repeated over the generations, taught, and retaught. He must have the
donkey and her colt in order to fully live into the story that had been prepared for him by God.
In this image, I drew repetitive angles as a layer of architecture, a suggestion of lineage, as the repetition of a path through time. I imagine that the architecture of a city and lineage of a people are related. Jesus quotes the prophets and acts on their words. Behind the patterns of prophecy is a daughter. I portrayed her in a pose of listening, memorizing, preparing to retell the story. I drew her as thoughtful and contemplative, aware that her future role is to pass the narrative. She will tell of a peasant king’s call to love and fearlessness.