Finding God in Nature

Recently, I went to visit the American Pre-Raphaelite exhibit at the National Gallery in Washington DC. There were many beautiful examples and I was struck by the work of Fidelia Bridges 1834-1923 who lived in Canaan Connecticut. She found the beauty of small things in nature. Known for her “microscopic details” and as William Trost…

Praising God: Sabbath Rest

I had the pleasure of attending an exhibit on Saturday that featured many of the paintings of American Pre-Raphaelite artists. This painting by Thomas Charles Farrer was one that really captured my imagination… Mount Tom, 1865, Thomas Charles Farrer, 1839-1891, oil on canvas, 15.9 x 24.2 inches, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Image Source…

The Art of Letter Writing

This year, for my New Year’s resolution, I decided that I would look for ways to revive some “old school” ways. I wanted to lay down my cell phone a bit more and break the horrible addiction of checking for emails and comments…to simplify things and relish the slow lane of life a little more…

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 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…

An Instrument of God

It has been rather a tough week for me that maybe at some point I will share with my readers. In spite of this, or maybe because of it, I am wanting to make sure I post something. I need to send a little light out into the universe and hope that it will touch…

Cultivating Our Awe of God

Confession I must admit, I am guilty of forgetting the power of God. I become so caught up in my own problems that I forget how great is our God! Contemplation What kinds of things can we do to remind ourselves of the beauty and majesty of our Lord? What things should we consider dialing…