Learning to Love is the Big Lesson of Life.
In those times, I realized that God anticipated my being there. He has placed signposts, gateways and finials in our path to remind us that we are not alone and we are not lost.
Although death is certain and struggle to survive is real, so is the warmth of the midwinter sun breaking through the cold darkness to remind us all that pain is not permanent and death is eclipsed by life.
So, be yourself wherever you happen to be. Do what it is that you do - and do it well. Accept rejection as a sign post that there is another place - another people - with whom to share your art; your SELF
Among Van Gogh's work are religious paintings that depict the suffering he was all too familiar with. The Pieta, The Raising of Lazarus, The Good Samaritan, and At Eternity's Gate, among others, portray, both humanity and divinity as well as suffering and salvation.
What do the prophet Isaiah, Bono and U2 have in common? More than you might imagine. First of all, both men spoke with power to their generation.
The Christmas story is that God crossed over to us so that we can cross over to Him. He accomplished that through a baby in a manger which has been the subject of more painting, books and songs than you could possibly imagine. in other words, the nativity is God's art; a thing of wonder and beauty. It invites us to cross over the troubled waters of life into a life of simple majesty.