Artist April Abesamis Knighton has created this striking personal new work in response to the theme of healing and Isaiah 25:8-9.
8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord [God] will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.
9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
April Abesamis Knighton
It’s been a year since my older brother, Mark, was taken away from us through a tragic, senseless, and selfish act. The stabbing pain is still as fresh as it was when we learned of his death. Up until now, questions are still left unanswered. How could someone do this to a person as kind, faithful, loving, and selfless as my brother? Those of us who know him and have witnessed his character and experienced his affection are still in shock because the nature of his death is incongruent to the nature of his heart.
My hope to heal from this insurmountable grief I experience of losing my brother seems fragmented at times. But one thing I know for sure,
“He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.
In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
April Abesamis Knighton is a clinically trained art therapist. She received her Masters of Arts in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She is currently the Mental Health Promotion Specialist at SAIC, which involves managing a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and directing prevention programs. She is also a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, accredited by the National Council for Behavioral Health. April has worked as an art therapist at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital and completed internships at Rice Child and Family Center and Project Onward. April’s most recent research, conducted through the Brain and Spinal Cord Medicine and Rehabilitation program of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, focuses on linking neuroscientific data with art and creative practices, specifically relating to the treatment of sports-related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Prior to SAIC, April also worked professionally with college students—training them in spiritual and multicultural leadership and community service.