Hand lettering of Isaiah 35: The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
    the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like the crocus 2 it shall blossom abundantly,
    and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
    the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
    the majesty of our God.
Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
    “Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God.
    He will come with vengeance,
with terrible recompense.
    He will come and save you.”
then the lame shall leap like a deer,
    and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
    and streams in the desert;
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
    and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
    they shall obtain joy and gladness,
    and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

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  • Joanna (she/her/hers) is an academic librarian, archivist, & handlettering artist passionate about the preservation of and access to people's stories and histories, and the intersections of faith, diversity, and social justice. She is an alumna of UC Berkeley, where she focused on Holocaust history and human rights, and UCLA, where she received her MLIS and Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate. Joanna is second-generation Taiwanese American and proud, and loves spending time with family and friends over good food and boba. She lives with her husband and child in Los Angeles. When she has time, she occasionally tweets at @JoChenCham.