The image of Jesus Christ is recognized all over the world as a symbol of authority, compassion and mercy, and it has inspired a rich tradition of Christian art. My following painting depicts “Christ Pantokrator” as the Judge of the World, or Ruler of All Things, which is a partial image from the apse mosaic of the royal church of Monreale, Palermo, Sicily, late twelfth century. The letters IC on the left and XC on the right stand for “Jesus Christ.” This colossal figure is a powerful image of Christ’s dominion over the universe. (Sources: “Religions – Visual Reference Guides,” by Philip Wilkinson; and “Art Across Time,” 3rd Edition, Volume 1, by Laurie S. Adams)
Jesus said, “If you have money, do not lend it at interest, but give it to one from whom you will not get it back.” The Master is speaking here of money, yet it can be any power in the material world that can be placed in the service of an active compassion or charity. To freely give away money or other possession can prove to have a healing effect upon the one who gives, along with uplifting and benefiting those who receive. (Source: “The Gnostic Gospel of St. Thomas,” By: Tau Malachi)
Just a Whispered Prayer
Just a whispered prayer
Will bring the Savior to your side,
To lift your burden
And bless, whatever betide.
Cast on Him your care!
Christ Jesus gave His all for you,
To bring salvation
Just as He promised to do.
Just a whispered prayer
Will bring His blessed presence near,
To heal your heartaches
And cast out every fear.
Come to Him in prayer,
Though weak and faltering it be!
Your faith He’ll strengthen;
Bright new horizons you’ll see!
(By: Kathryn Thorne Bowsher)
Give God the praise for miracles,
Give thanks for whom it’s due;
It’s never by happenstance
That good things come to you.
Always have a grateful heart
For all the good He brings,
And you will find that every day
You’ll have a heart that sings.
(By: Rachel Hartnett)
Have you ever had the privilege
Of seeing a shepherd lead his sheep?
They may not know their destination,
But feel his love whinin his keep.
He may lead them from the mountaintop
Into the valley down below…
To escape the brutal winds of Winter
Covering everything with snow.
They follow to plentiful pasture
And the safety of the fold.
If any lamb becomes fearful,
In his arms he’ll lift and hold.
So it is with God and us –
He’s the Shepherd of our lives.
All we have to do is follow;
He is the answer to our cries.
(By: M. Elaine Fowser)