I once heard a talk by Christian Science teacher Ed Little about the permanent protection guaranteed children by God. In one part, he spoke of the fact that John the Baptist’s parents knew what his mission was from a child. So when I saw the painting by Joshua Reynolds in the Wallace Collection in London titled, “St. John the Baptist in the Wilderness,” which depicts him as a child, it was fascinating and beautiful to me.

Then when Robin Hoagland in her article “365 days of Easter” [March 25, 2013, Sentinel] spoke of the painting of Eugéne Burnand, “Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection,” I had to go online and see it. The disciples’ faces are just as she describes them—“full of anxious hope, disbelief, hesitant anticipation, and the stirrings of resurrected joy.”

I love how Robin uses this painting to help us see how we must seek the Christ actively first, and then we may “feel the power of the Christ pulling us from a place of mental darkness into the dawning confidence that ‘with God all things are possible’ (Mark 10:27).” And I love her explanation of what the Easter gift is for each of us—“the displacing of doubt with confident trust. The supplanting of discouragement with fresh expectation. The dropping of sorrow for profound comfort. And it comes with tangible proof, year in, year out, season by season.”

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On finding health, only health
May 6, 2013

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