When the CMYK print process is done correctly, the Cyan, Magenta and Yellow plates are lined up with the black plate; they are “Keyed” to the black plate, which is where the black plate gets it’s name: “K.” What this means is that while black is only a part of the process, it is key to the clarity and fullness of the image being printed. The darkest element of the process is in many ways its most essential.
On Sunday night in CT, I met the mother of twin boys who had lost their father to suicide. I also met a couple who had lost their eight-year old boy in a bicycle accident just a few short months ago. Both that mother and that couple sponsored kids with Compassion International.
That mother approached me after my set and asked to sponsor Luci, the young girl whose packet I held up while talking about sponsored kids in India. “I want Luci to be part of my family’s process.” She told me. Luci is now part of the beautiful, true and good image that widowed mother and her boys are making with their life. Luci is like a splash of vibrant Magenta accented by the black of her sponsors family’s grief.
The couple who lost their son came to the table where the other child packets were and found a young boy named Hernan. Hernan shares a birthday with their boy. He is now part of the beautiful, true and good image that couple is making with their life. Hernan is like a splash of bright Yellow accented by the black of his new sponsor family’s loss.
No dark moment is the end of the process much less the whole of it, though for a time when we’re close to it that moment and its darkness can seem like all there is. Both the stories mentioned above remind me of part of why I started the CMYK Project: Because no dark season is the whole of a life. Not as long as there is tomorrow ..and I believe that there is always tomorrow. Tomorrow means another step in the process or at least the opportunity to take it and I believe that the end of the process is Good.