ORIGINAL SCULPTURE BY PAUL BOECHER – POETRY BY KATHY BOECHER©
The sculpture was created as a reminder of how God can bring us out of the ashes and into new life. It depicts the flood waters of the Bible, along with the rugged post signifying the cross which also holds a long spike to symbolize the crucifixion. The dove with the olive branch shows the peace of God and the renewal of life. let us not forget that God will help us rise from the ashes and provide all that we need to sustain new life.
Hidden in the ashes, trampled by the steel
Lay the sons and daughters of the day.
In the years that follow, our hearts may never heal.
We mourn their loss – We try to deal – We turn to God and pray.
Freedom was taken, terror stole our soul,
But America was built for more than this
Strong hearts united, with a mutual goal,
Rebuilding, renewing, restoring the mess.
Each battle not forgotten. They’re seared upon our souls.
We put our faith in God’s eternal care.
We trust in His salvation, we know he mends the holes
That come from the destruction in the air.
Our hearts must stay united, no matter how we feel.
We look beyond the prejudice and fears.
Our only hope is Jesus. He is the one who heals.
He erases all our sorrows and wipes away our tears.