January 06

The Word Made Flesh

Imagine a children’s Bible where some of the stories are illustrated. Perhaps stories like Adam and Eve and Noah and the flood. Now imagine a Bible that contained a separate illustration for every few sentences. But it didn’t stop there. It also contained another text that interpreted the Bible text with more illustrations of that […]

January 02

A Father’s Love

If you are reading this, it means you survived yet another Christmas. Congratulations! We have just celebrated the birth of Christ so it may seem a little premature to highlight a painting of Jesus as a little boy, but the more I looked at this painting, the more I fell in love with it. This […]

December 06

His Master’s Voice

Anyone over a certain age will recognize this painting entitled, “His Master’s Voice.” The dog’s name is Nipper, a name he got by occasionally playfully nipping the back of visitor’s legs. Nipper was a mixed-breed Jack Russel Terrier born in 1884 in Bristol, England. His original owner died penniless in 1887 and the owner’s siblings […]

November 29

More About Angels

Last week, we looked at a guardian angel depicted as an elegant winged protector of children. This week I thought it would be fun to look at another familiar depiction of angels. Most everyone is familiar with these two chubby-cheeked cherubs painted by Raphael around 1514. What many don’t know is that they are part […]

November 25

To Guard You in All Your Ways

One of the regular readers of these devotions jokingly asked me to do a study on the well-known but not highly artistic tapestry of dogs playing poker.  Maybe someday. He also emailed me this painting the other day, saying, “The image of this print popped in my mind today. My Grandma had this image hanging […]

November 06

Hubris on Display

One of the most popular subjects of paintings is the Tower of Babel. There are hundreds of them and many used this painting as their inspiration. It tells the story from Genesis 11 of Noah’s descendants who had settled in the lowlands of Sinear after the Flood. They spoke a common language and strove to […]

November 01

Do You Not Care?

A great illustration of worry and fear is found in the story of Jesus calming the storm. The disciples are in a boat and the winds kick up. They’re sure this is the end and Jesus is asleep in the stern. His friends wake him and ask, “Do you not care that we are perishing!?” […]