Author Archives: laurieetta

September 20

It’s About Time

    I love the lazy feel of these pictures. In a time when things are so rushed, they make me want to sit for a bit, ponder the day, and enjoy the beauty of creation. They awake the urge for childlike dawdling and play. When we do such as this, it is called “taking […]

August 30

The Open Bible

This is a painting by Vincent van Gogh that I had not seen before, and being a big van Gogh fan, I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon it. As it turns out, van Gogh’s father was a Protestant minister, and some believe that this is his Bible. After his father’s death, van Gogh feverishly […]

August 16

“I Found It”

Today I thought we would examine Rembrandt’s “The Parable of the Hidden Treasure” since the idea of what we treasure has been our text in church for the past couple of weeks. Rembrandt is generally considered one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art and even if you don’t know art, you’ve […]

August 09

“But I’m Not Ready!”

The painting we are looking at is tiny, barely 6 by 5 inches. I can’t imagine painting such details so small. But sometimes big messages come in small packages.  In Luke 12:13-21, Jesus tells the story about the rich farmer who had so much stuff, he had to build bigger barns. He was pretty pleased […]

August 01

“Hey, you. Come with me.”

This is a shady scene. Money on the table, a dimly lit room, armed men looking nervous. Is it the backroom of some seedy tavern or the basement of a gangster? And what’s with all the pointing? When I was in Rome this past June, I had the joy of meeting up with my sister. […]

May 01

Man of Sorrows

Come, sit with me awhile. This painting feels to me like Christ is inviting me into an intimate conversation about what surrounds him. Or maybe Jesus would rather be alone. Is he pondering what must take place in order to fulfill his Father’s will? Perhaps solitude would be more desirable. It’s hard to tell. This […]

April 19

Weakness or Strength?

Today is “Good” Friday. Everyone always questions why it is called “good” since it is the day that our Lord was killed. I suppose you could say it is good because what appears to be a moment of defeat is really a moment of victory. Oswald Chambers says, “The greatest note of triumph ever sounded […]