A Cup…in His Name

11 Dec

Many years ago I was approached by a compassionate ministry organization with the request that I create a new sculpture that could represent their work. My goal was to sculpt a piece that could could tell their story but also represent the story of compassion that is present in every group who is stepping into that hard place.

The motivation for a design can come from many different places.

In the mid 1980s a lot of us remember that the famine in Africa held our attention. Every night on the evening news we saw graphic examples of extreme human need. Speeches were given, money was raised and everyone sang “We Are The World.”

We are the world

Eventually, the images faded and lost their edge,
the money was dispersed, and the song felt old.
For most of us, the memory is dull and the movies
in our mind have long been traded for new ones.

But everyday…somewhere in this world
one scene replays…
as if the author of human suffering
constantly rehearses his dark drama.


They’re  always there…
these hands…

a scoop of rice…a bit of bread… a cup of water…so simple

“And whoever gives to one of these little ones
even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple,
truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”

Matthew 10:42




Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Sculpture in Community


8 responses to “A Cup…in His Name

  1. Dave Anderson

    December 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    So well written…you’ve captured in words the things we feel deep within us but don’t know how to express…you’ve also captured the deep reality of the plight of so many in your piece of art.

    • scottstearmanstudio

      December 18, 2013 at 5:31 am

      You understand this as well as anyone Dave… Seen it all in your travels. You’ve always been quick to respond.

  2. Chet Jacobs

    December 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    You have once again touched my heart and sole.
    But better than that you have made my day better.
    Thank you,my friend

  3. Teri Miller

    December 18, 2013 at 5:26 am

    you are beautifully gifted with words AND art, my brother!

    • scottstearmanstudio

      December 18, 2013 at 5:32 am

      I could have used your own words to describe you Teri… Beautifully gifted!

  4. Kevin Miller

    December 30, 2013 at 3:02 am

    I love the coin and how it communicates your message. It communicates YOU so well. So honored to call you friend and brother and see your voice and reach expand.

  5. Kevin Miller

    December 30, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Just an incredible piece Scott. So much more…longstanding…than a song. It inspires and convicts. Wow.


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