Who Are You?

quinces-lemons-pears-and-grapes_vincent-van-gogh_1887“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

― Marcel Proust

I recently attended the funeral of a man who died after a long and rich life.  Many people stood and spoke of his generosity of character, his strength of faith and his limitless goodwill.  I confess to a measure of both admiration and envy as I listened to his loved ones, and his life inspired me to be a better man.

The framing of his life.

The artwork you see is entitled Quinces, Lemons, Pears and Grapes, and was painted by Vincent van Gogh in 1887.   Beyond its masterpiece, it is unique today because it includes the only original van Gogh frame to have survived. It is painted in yellow and ochre, so that it forms an aesthetic whole with the artwork.  With the frame, we better understand the contextual intent of the artist.

Our earthly lives will be framed by those who survive us, but our eternal soul is framed by the Creator of His masterpiece which is His image within us.

You are who God says you are.

Benedict_FrontGenesis 1:26-27

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.