Quality is the first norm for art, but its final norm is love and truth, the enriching of human life, the deepening of our vision.


Benjamin, Zak - by Erna Buber-de Villiers

Long, lonely, difficult obedience to the King

by Erna Buber-deVilliers
1988. The lights go down. In the darkened auditorium, the audience settles down for the evening's entertainment. It's been a wonderfully inspiring day at the Valley Arts Conference, where Christian musicians, painters, poets, and dancers have met and talked and prayed and worshiped together on the banks of the lovely Hartebeespoort Dam, near Pretoria. The comfortable, well-appointed conference centre in its tranquil setting echoes heaven, far removed from the struggle raging in the country. No state of emergency here. That's outside. Here, we're all Christians, and we love one another. We're safe.