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.
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.
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.