March 24, 2009 / Creative Writing
In this essay, a gravedigger’s daughter considers the meaning of mercy.
To face death and those who are dying may be what makes us humane; engaging our own mortality with faith that life is a gift, not a right or an entitlement, may be what makes us human. Therefore, this issue offers theological, literary, aesthetic, and practical faith engagements with the realities of death and dying, fresh perspectives that retain and embolden the Christian hope that, even in death, the work of God reigns, justice prevails, and love will not be defeated.
Barry Krammes’s work is reminiscent of the Old World, laden with stark bygones of stories that hold pain, suffering, and disaster. And yet, the meaning of these sculptural pieces of calamity, past, innocence, and insanity speak to each viewer in extraordinarily different ways.