Monday, May 14, 2012

Seeing the Church in the World

A Great Lesson from a Famous Painting

"The Andes of Ecuador" by Frederic Edwin Church, 1855, oil on canvas, 48 x 75".

Early in his career, artist Frederic Edwin Church travelled to the Andes Mountains in search of subjects and inspiration. His large painting The Andes of Ecuador, eventually ended up in the collection of the R.J. Reynolds estate. It is said that one of the very young Reynolds children, and I do mean very young, was observed staring intently at the painting. "I'm looking at the Church," the child remarked. Thinking they had a young prodigy on their hands, the parents looked closer, only to discover there is indeed a little mission painted into the countryside.

Of course that is the challenge to the believer in our day. Do we "see the Church" in the great composition of our lives and of our world?

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