new Sophia drawing “cleansed”

sophia drawing "cleansed" by nakedpastor david hayward

Sophia “cleansed” (ink and watercolor on paper, 8″x10″)

Sophia has been caught in a rain storm. She’s fallen to the ground and letting it all soak in. Her years of servitude, her years of compromise, her years of captivity, her years of fear… may they all seep out of her and into the ground. She’s never felt this clean, this pure. She’ll remember this rainy night.

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About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • Matt Glover


    So pleased to see you doing so well bro!


  • nakedpastor

    thanks matt. sometimes i’m not so well. today i’m okay. how are you?

  • Syl

    This is beautiful, David – visually and emotionally.

  • nakedpastor

    thanks so much syl.

  • Andre


    I understand in someway and follow the same frying road on my bare feet. But I sense a bitterness that must be left behind (I may be wrong here).

    Do you think this heavenly rain can free up Sophia to a degree that she can again serve and compromise free from the shackles from the past?

  • nakedpastor

    she will leave her bitterness behind when she’s ready. she will. did you see this post from a few days ago?:

  • Gary

    Beautiful David.

    Visually and mentally stunning!

  • nakedpastor

    thanks so much gary

  • Steve Martin

    I remember my baptism in that cleansing way. And return to it daily for assurance that Christ is for me…and not pointing His finger at me for something that I should, ought, or must be doing.

    Saved by water and the Word.

  • Andre

    No David, I didn´t read it, I´m hopefull now. Needed that. Thanx.

  • Liz Ray

    My favourite Sophia. Love it.

  • nakedpastor

    thanks Liz

  • Steve Martin

    By the way, I LOVE the artwork!

  • Jenny Howard

    First words out of my mouth were, “That’s an amazing piece of drawing.” Then I looked at the title underneath and I have to add, “And painting.”

  • nakedpastor

    yep. watercolor :)

  • ttm

    The crisp lines of driving rain brought to mind times when rain has actually almost cut through me and pummeled me with its wet strength. I love the way Sophia “rests in the light” with the shadows under and around–maintaining respectful distance but almost hugging her luminosity. It’s a beautiful, poignant piece of art and (as usual) reflects a current situation in my own journey.

  • nakedpastor

    thanks ttm. i like how you said that.

  • Crystal ( the original )

    The drawing and the words accompanying it are beautiful. Boy, are you ever getting poetic these days!

  • nakedpastor

    thanks the original crystal!! :)

  • thirza

    wow.. love it. identifying myself with her…thanx

  • Madlen

    This one breaks my heart. Beautiful!

  • Jane


  • May

    I love the way the raindrops fall on the ground, glimmering around her.
    Being in the rain seems a way of letting go of the past, and maybe a new beginning?

  • Sharry

    I love this drawing and I wondered if you would mind if I used it on my poetry blog for a poem I have written. I would credit you of course.

    Sharry (Geminiwords)

  • nakedpastor

    Sure. thanks for letting me know.

  • Sharry

    Thank you. This is the link to the post