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The Link Between Beauty and Hope

Gina Hurry

Photo by Amy Henry Photography. Jenny Pruitt's children joined her to sing one of her songs at Creation Waits Advent Offering at Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church November 29, 2016.

Photo by Amy Henry Photography. Jenny Pruitt's children joined her to sing one of her songs at Creation Waits Advent Offering at Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church November 29, 2016.

Was it a "silent night" for you?

It's that brief window of time between Christmas and New Year's: de-decorating, weighing in (literally), and re-focusing on getting it right this next year.

Perhaps you, like me, are once again surprised by the reality that it's never enough even when you do everything possible to create your perfect picture of the holidays for your loved ones. Because life is broken. We are broken. So, we fight to not give in to that haunting refrain

"Is that all there is? If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing." 

Our longing for something more, that hunger for "Shalom,"  the all-as-it-should-be desire for peace and wholeness, is perhaps our greatest gift as humans. It shows we are truly alive and we haven't given up or given in.

"If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world." C. S. Lewis


Beauty reminds us there's more to come

InSpero helps you keep alive to your desires for something more. We believe in the power of creative community to bring beauty and hope to our city. George MacDonald in describing Heaven wrote that it is

"the region where there is only life and therefore all that is not music is silence."  

Please consider us for your year-end giving so we can continue to nurture artists, musicians, writers, dancers, and creative risk-takers to give moments of beauty in our busy, noisy, pragmatic, often painful world. InSpero, Inc. is a 501c3 tax-deductible organization. You can mail a check made to InSpero, Inc. to 246 Marwood Drive, Birmingham, AL 35244 or go to our website and click on our Donate button.  

Below are images of InSpero's Advent offering, "Creation Waits," which combined Jenny Pruitt's music with live painting by Gina Hurry.  It was held the first Sunday of Advent at Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church. 

Photo by Amy Henry Photography

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Photo by Amy Henry Photography

Photo by Amy Henry Photography

Photo by Amy Henry Photography

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Photo by Amy Henry Photography 

Beauty matters and so do those who create it. 

For more information about InSpero or to become involved, sign up at our website, www.inspero.org.
Tax-deductible donations can be made to InSpero, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.
Mail checks to

246 Marwood Drive,
Birmingham, AL 35244
or make a credit card donation at our website at www.inspero.org.