Monday, September 28, 2009

The Anonymous Artist

Jesus said: “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. -Matthew 6:1-4

The Anonymous Artist is back. This is the third piece he or she has given me. The metal work on all three is nothing short of outstanding. The first one says, "Run Pastor Run" and sits on one of our kitchen counters. The second piece says, "The Water's Edge" with a great big cross for the "t" in the word "Water's." It sits on my office desk. I think when we get a new web site that it will be our new logo.

The third piece was recently given to me for our third birthday and currently sits on top of a old wooden chest near our front door. It has the word "Forgiven" at the bottom.

On top is a cross that is surrounded by a chain. The cross is two big nails with sharp tips. Reminders of the nails used on Jesus' hands. The chain is heavy metal: symbolic of the strength of the chains that we can find ourselves in during this journey we call life. Because of the cross the chains are no longer connected. The prisoner has been set free! The broken chain and the cross are both gold: priceless worth.

I don't know who the Anonymous Artist is. He or she obviously participates in the life of the church and is an artist of extraordinary skill. This time, for the first time, a thank you letter was attached. It was even more meaningful the the art.

This is my thank you back to the artist. Thank you for blessing me.


Anonymous said...

What a talent! How wonderful to share this talent with others, and with an important message too.

Paul said...

Wow!!! Thanks for sharing this Craig. This story is now a blessing to all of us!