It was such a pleasure to collaborate with pastor Jeff Gardner this morning and paint as a member of the worship team at Threshold Church. Jeff’s message carried us through the story of an ancient Jewish betrothal: a noble Son of a loving Father chosen to marry a blemished and broken women under the dominion of a wicked father. In mockery of the Son’s request for his daughter’s hand, over the betrothal "cup of covenant”, the cruel father demands a dowry of the Son’s life- and to the surprise of all, the Son and his Father consent. On the appointed day, the Son lays down his life, yet beyond hope, he rises again from the dead. Following the custom, the Son leaves to prepare a place for His bride- now radiant in all of her beautiful new identity, free of her father’s wicked oppression, and preparing herself to be pure and spotless at her husband’s return.