Sunday, January 27, 2013

Seeds of Mercy

 A year is a long time in the life of a seed.

In 2012, God led me to begin an organization called Clement Arts. When I say that God "led me," I mean that in the strictest sense - I have no idea what I'm doing. But God has opened the right doors and brought together the right people for His purposes. Today, Clement Arts is an organization that promotes and supports orphan care (specifically adoption) through music and visual arts.

This time last year, I was in the process of recording an album called Earth & Vine, an album which would help break ground for Clement Arts. This time last year, the seeds for Clement Arts were just beginning to be planted. Looking back, it is encouraging to see all that God has accomplished in just one year. Here is an excerpt from my journal, dated January 30, 2012:

"For several days now I have been thinking about releasing Earth & Vine under a name other than Brad Griffith. I am thinking of the name 'Clement.'

Clement means 'merciful' or 'mild.' The latter describes the sound of the music; the former describes its purpose. Music that supports the needs of others is merciful in its mission. 

So who is Clement? Well, I guess it begins with me, but would extend to a community of people who would invest in various ways and extents to the mission of mercy. Clement would begin with a single artist and end in a community of blessing."

The community of Clement Arts is stirring. The Husband is tending. The seeds of mercy are growing.

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