It's hard to believe that it's been a year since this tragedy occurred. The response of the families will forever touch hearts around the world. The Love of Christ, the Hope of Peace and the Faith in God that they showed stands above everything that happened during the following days.
May God continue to bless, comfort and heal.
Original painting as presented to Governor Haley.
Represented is SC Rep. Chip Huggins and Esther Legette
The words of the artist
Three young ladies stand on the edge of
and the Atlantic Ocean.
All three are dressed in pure white southern dresses and have on one of the best symbols of the South (large brimmed straw hats.)
The oldest lady is Love and she carries the large basket
(hand made from the grass that grows on a certain island off
) Charleston, SC.
The grass is called Sweet-grass and the weaved basket making technique
came in with slaves and has been passed on through generations.
The two younger ladies, Faith and Hope stand with discipline and patience.
Their white ribbons of peace flap in the changing breeze
showing that change is coming. The basket is filled with nine candles.
Each candle shines brightly and has a pleasing aroma.
In the far left is the
. Arthur Ravenel Jr.
It reflects the bright suns rays from the suspension cables.
And in the right (only on the original painting)
are nine doves flying into the distance heavens.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.