Gotta Know When to Hold ‘em

Gotta Know When to Hold ‘em:  A Reflection “The Card Players” painted by Paul Cezanne’s by Adam R. Nettesheim “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk way, know when to run!” – “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers Plainly said, I see in this painting two gentlemen…

In Jesus’ Name: The Resurrection and Life

Am I too late to celebrate you O Savior of the World? *Woman why are you crying? Have I been too caught up in the now– in the ordinary things of this world? I am anxious, O Lord, and I can not see you. Who is it your are looking for, child? Lord do you…

In Jesus’ Name: Great High Priest

As it is the eve of Palm Sunday, I had planned to post an image of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding a donkey and consider his name Lord and King. But the spirit decided otherwise and I was drawn into contemplation of this remarkable image by French artist James Tissot (1836-1902) which cast me…

In Jesus’ Name: Son of Man

 “The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ~ Matt 20:28 The Artist Carl Bloch was a friend of author Hans Christian Anderson. It is interesting to think of the most celebrated writer of fairytales as being a neighbor and friend….

In Jesus’ Name: The Good Shepherd

If you have been following this series you know that I am working my way through some of the names of Jesus found in scripture. These meditations are not meant as another version of what we are taught to believe about each name. Instead they are an attempt to unravel the hidden meanings that we…

In Jesus’ Name: Savior-Friend

“And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for today I must abide at thy house.“~ Luke 19: 5 Wow! what a dramatic moment and such a beautifully rendered scene!! Alexandre Bida is known as a French Romantic who traveled…

In Jesus’ Name: Prince of Peace

Edward Hicks (American, 1780 – 1849 ), Peaceable Kingdom, c. 1834, oil on canvas, Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Image Source Edward Hicks was an American folk artist who lived in Pennsylvania during the early years of our country. I’m willing to bet you know this iconic painting but not his name….

In Jesus’ Name: Truth

Born in a time of absolutes; to parents living in the land of free spirits; I have always held things up to inspection to question whether or not something rings true for me. Sometimes things just don’t add up…this then can lend itself to cynicism if I’m not careful. How does a person know who…

In Jesus’ Name: Son of God

When I was a child, I spoke as a child… How do we address Jesus? What do we call him most often? Do we visualize him as we speak to him in prayer? or do we speak directly to God and by pass Jesus only using his name to endorse our prayers? When I was…

Waiting in the Wings

The season of Advent still feels very new for me and every year I press into this time of waiting for our Savior’s birth a little more deeply… This week I was drawn to this marvelous painting by Edward Burne-Jones called The Golden Stairs. I’m not exactly sure why but I hope you will linger…