Thy Gold to Refine


Back in high school honor choir I sang “How Firm a Foundation” with hundreds of other choir students from around the state in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. The hymn touched and impressed me. The fiery trials spoken of in this verse came later in my life but I went into them knowing what they are for–refinement. Fire is used to burn away impurities in metallurgy and I have always desired to be like pure gold. I don’t want trials to make me bitter, I want them to make me better.


Giclée print, 11¾ x36”

Open edition


Original is 11¾ x36”

Gouache, Finetec watercolor, and bleedproof white on Arches 90 lb. black watercolor paper

The text is from the 1787 hymn How Firm a Foundation by Robert Keen.


When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,

My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply.

The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design

Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine


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