Humans are social creatures. We thrive in a community, even if we feel alone. Depression can often take the form of feeling like nobody is there and nobody cares. In reality, there are plenty of people around us who love us and want to see us thrive in our lives. These people are a part of your tribe and will help you up when you’ve fallen. There is camaraderie in a community, with shared experiences providing anchor points where we can connect with one another. These anchors keep us from falling and help lift us up in times of crisis. After all, empathy is born from those shared experiences that brought a community together in the first place. If you find that you need a community, where have you looked for it? If you’re in a community and you see someone struggling, what can you do to help?

Restoration by Stephanie Merchant

Artist Statement: What I hope the Perspectives on the Passion audience receives first and foremost from viewing “Restoration” is that having friends who love you and are willing to forgive you are crucial when misunderstandings occur, feelings are hurt, and restoration needs to happen; and secondly, that no matter how dark our past is or what sins we may have committed, restoration and eternal life are possible through repentance and surrendering our lives to Jesus Christ.

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