Arms Grown Strong

from "Feats of Strength" by Tom Otterness at Western Washington University
photos taken of  “Feats of Strength” by Tom Otterness at Western Washington University Outdoor Sculptures

In those days, we finally chose to walk like giants
and hold the world
in arms grown strong with love.

And there may be many things we forget
in the days to come,

but this will not be one of them.
~Brian Andreas



No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
Hebrews 12:11-12


She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
~Proverbs 31:17


I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
~Philippians 4: 12-13


Some of us think holding on makes us strong;
but sometimes it is letting go.
~Hermann Hesse



3 thoughts on “Arms Grown Strong

  1. These are wonderful sculptures!! Where do they live? And your photos of them are great, and the quotes – fitting. Thank you for following my blog and leading me here. Pat


  2. Hi Pat,
    It seems you and I enjoy taking photos and finding fitting words to go with them. These little green people live at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, where I work. I particularly needed their example today!
    thanks for visiting and following!



  3. Oh, Emily, what a blessed treat for the eye and the soul. I spent much time going from one to the other and finally had to print them out to spread on the table to savor. Each sculpture is unique in the message it conveys. All quotes are perfectly nuanced.

    My very favorite is the one prefaced by Hesse’s quote about ‘letting go.” What I see in this depiction showing the shoes and hat removed, and imagining the remainder of the clothing removed, is, in effect, placing ourselves naked before our God, enabling the possibilities of human strength and perseverence only through the Love and Grace of God. (Somewhere, I read a quote from Fenelon: “let go and let God.”)

    Thank you.


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