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The moral order of God’s universe is like an exquisite tapestry – the foundational values of the good life interweave in a seamless whole. In my Life Values Collection, I explore the connections between these divinely inspired values.

Perseverance, the first painting in this series, considers life as a voyage through stormy seas – a test of faith and a demonstration of God’s sustaining love. Courage, my new painting in this series, expands on the metaphor of a sea voyage, bringing us to the moment of divine inspiration when God graces us with courage beyond the merely human – the resolve we need to overcome any obstacle.

I make full use of a vocabulary of personal artistic symbols to convey this message: God rewards our Perseverance with His gift of Courage. Our lone sailor has come within sight of a lighthouse, the beacon of divine love will guide him to shore. Smoke curls from the chimney of the keeper’s solid brick cottage, hinting at domestic comforts within. A sublime radiance breaks through the clouds, embracing the boat in its holy light.

I painted Courage at a time when I was especially grateful for God’s hand of deliverance in my life. May it remind you that courage is, truly, a gift from the Almighty.

  • In Courage, Thomas Kinkade has hidden a total of seven N’s as a tribute to his wife Nanette.
  • The first painting in the Life Values Collection, Perseverance, depicts a humble sailboat bravely navigating its way through the ending of a storm – symbolic of the stormy vision of life at its most challenging moments. In Courage, the second painting in this series,¬†we now see the same sailboat has come near the shore, illustrating Thom’s message that storms which confront all of us during the journey of life can be overcome through perseverance, faith, and courage.
  • The journey of life – like the journey across the sea – continues even after we reach safe harbor. Courage is a work of personal meaning for Thom, and his prayer is that it will inspire us with a bit of hope and courage when we need it most.
Title Courage
Published January 2004
Collection Life Values Collection II

Image Sizes

18" x 27"
24" x 36"
28" x 42"

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