Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
— 1 Corinthians 15:57
My favorite statue is a marble sculpture of a Greek goddess, discovered in 1863. It’s best known as Winged Victory or Nike. What draws me to this figure is her name, Victory, and her elegant grace in spite of significant damage. The sculpture has lost her head—literally. Draped in marble, the folds of her garments fall like rare silk. Her outstretched wings appear luminous and ready for flight.
Victory originally was designed for the bow of a ship, proclaiming its triumphant fleet. She is believed to have had outstretched arms with an extended trumpet that she used to blow a victory song. Victory is just over ten feet of marble splendor. Her broken beauty is simultaneously strong and fragile. Her remains are a picture of defiance against the odds and of beauty, not only in spite of hardship, but also because of it.
What I love most about this statue is its ability to inspire. When I’m functioning “headless,” Victory reminds me that my heart can carry me through. When I’m feeling helpless to assist others, as if my hands were encased, I’m reminded that I can rely on God’s supernatural work. It’s OK if I’m damaged by life’s adversities; I can still stand strong because the Lord makes his strength known in our weakness.
— Patsy Clairmont
Excerpted from A Grand New Day © 2008 by Thomas Nelson. Published in Nashville, Tennessee, by Thomas Nelson. Used with permission. All rights reserved.
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