This well-known verse is lettered in Chancery Cursive and Uncial with black and gold inks. The four quadrants around the cross are filled with supporting Scriptures of God's help and power. The way that the two words "THROUGH" and "CHRIST" are positioned illustrate the meaning of our total reliance on Christ and emphasizes the power of the cross.
Story Behind the Art
This is one of the favorite verses of my second oldest daughter, Hannah. When she graduated from high school, I lettered it for her as a graduation present. She has continued to have Christ be her strength. She married Jonathan Smith, a pastor in Washington state. She has many responsibilities as wife, mother of Cara, and helper at church. May Christ continue to be your strength, Hannah!
I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.
II Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
II Corinthians 12:9-10
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
II Corinthians 3:5
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as beingfrom ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,
20 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you[a] what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.