by Theresa Tongi
The second verse: Saame (Psalm) 30:11 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy"
This work speaks about the unexpected journey of raising two boys on the spectrum. There are times where I have struggled to navigate a world that often does not cater for the needs of my children. There are days of overwhelming grief and utter despair and it is during these moments that I am reminded that God is in control and He loves my children more than I do.
The image of the dancer is referenced from a painting by Judith Kunzle called ‘lelei’ Dancer of Tonga. The act of ‘dancing’ while being of huge cultural significance in both Samoan and Tongan culture, it is also something that brings me such joy not only as a performer but also as a spectator.
So, this work ‘Saame 30:11’ is an expression of worship and praise to a God who gracefully clothes me with joy and continues to give me the reasons to keep on dancing.