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…

Daily Pursuit

My Inspiration Time for a little Vincent. He is such a favorite of many of my friends and will always be a source of light and inspiration. May God continue to bless dear Vincent and hold him close within his care. These are just a few of his works that I had never noticed before….

A Mansion on a Hill

Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. ~ John 14: 1-2 These words of Jesus have struck a chord with believers throughout the…

Divine Moments

Life is a journey with many passing stages. Each step of our way is filled with its own unique challenges, but also blessings. Can you think of a few? The time of sweetness when we hold a baby for the fist time and let them curl their little fingers around ours. The days of pure…

Remembering Joy

A day of preparation for the celebration to come… A day of remembrance and prayer so that we might understand better that which we are celebrating–a country built on freedom. I relish this pause in our busy schedules so that we might remember, as a country, all of our history. This scene, painted in 1897,…

Drifting and planting seeds

Resting in the shade… Escaping the heat of the day. Each in their private meditation. Lost in thoughts… Drifting… We’re living in topsy-turvy times, and I think that what causes the topsy-turvy feelings is inadequacy of old forms of thought to deal with new experiences…you have to stop and drift laterally for a while until…

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

  Not sure why I am so drawn to this painting, but there is just something about it that really speaks to my soul. So let’s unpack it together. Painted in 1890, it is the last painting Van Gogh produced in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France, shortly before he died. It is sort of a last testimony if…

Divine Encounters

We have all worried about the future. Maybe we have even said: “Well it won’t matter because I won’t be around to see it.” “That won’t happen in my lifetime..” But is this God’s view of things? Does God want us to just keep our heads down and not rock the boat? Or does he…