the need to leave

the need to leave January 10, 2013
the need to leave painting by nakedpastor david hayward
“the need to leave” (watercolor on paper, 7″x10″)

(This original painting is available!)

You’ve kept your place. You’ve held your ground. You’ve filled your space. You’ve stayed in bounds.

But something calls. You know you must. You forsake all. You will be blessed.

It’s time to go. It’s time to leave. This much you know: this is your peace.


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  • Kathy Gibbs

    Wonderful way to express for me our decision to leave our ‘Sunday’ church last year. The door has opened to the big wide world of more variety when we were ready. Sigh…it’s been good.

  • Kathy

    That made me think of Nanny McPhee. Lovely winter scene,sir. When we leave is it always a “forsaking” thing?

  • Caryn LeMur

    Hi Kathy: I recognize your question is directed at David, so I don’t wish to interrupt.

    But I’m not sure I understand your question, because (in my mind) the term “forsaking” has a negative emphasis, or an emphasis on sensing a ‘loss’.

    May I ask how you are using the term “forsaking”?

    Much love in Christ always and unconditionally; Caryn

  • thirza

    it’s beautiful. thank for the little poem also :’)

  • BW

    I took it as Kathy was asking David what he meant by ‘forsake’.

  • Forsake means to abandon, give up or renounce. But we know that already. It sounds negative. “Forsaking all others” Jesus said. Let’s say he took his own advice. Yet Christian theology teaches that he is more present than anyone.

  • David, the painting is yours, and I thank you for your poem. Perhaps your picture is about more than leaving church? It carries great power for me and evokes broader reflection, not only (I think) because I have not left my church. The wonderful painting caused me to reflect on life, how we are always in motion, leaving and forsaking, traveling, and arriving at new places. No small thing, eh? Once you create a painting, and it’s out there, you lose control of the response of those who view it. 🙂

  • I agree. It doesn’t have to do with just the church, but life in general. Thanks Mimi.

  • The original painting is no longer available, because I found it irresistible and bought it.

  • Pat Stack

    that painting reminded me of a wonderful and unexpected experience. My daughter and I were cross country skiing on some land belonging to a golf club. It was mid afternoon as we started through a wooded border and it was a bit warmer than usual so the snow was wet and grainy and required plenty of attention to avoid real slush. but we could savor the cracking sound of tree branches, mostly fir trees, and the strong sun splashed through the trees creating gold splashes on the green of the trees. For once I was ahead of her and suddenly I came out of the woods to a stonewall bordered meadow. the late afternoon sun had turned the whole snowy meadow into a red gold sea of vivid color – like a sea of icy fire! It was stunning and a very spiritual experience.

    thanks for the stimulated memory………