~Matthew Charles: Participant in multiple workshops & teachings~
When Beth would dance for us, she put her soul in it. Her graceful movements conveyed a range of emotions that weren't always happy per se. Some were desperate, frantic, despaired. From this I saw that to walk in our truth of redemption does not mean to put on a front. No, in fact it means we can be brutally honest. To be an Artist (poet) who is also a Christian I thought I would have to say Jesus every other word. And I was afraid, as a person who has suffered from depression that in my art I perhaps couldn't be as honest and speak of my life and the lives around me from an extremely subjective, personal point of view. But Beth helped shift that paradigm. The thing about Beth's dancing was that even when it took a dark turn, it always ended with light, love, and hope. This is the way of the Christlike artisan that Beth has showed me.
There is nothing wrong with experiencing darkness in our lives. As long as we are keenly aware that there is a Light at the end of the tunnel and do our best to express this crucial truthful hope.
For teaching me this, Beth, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate you so much.