(Likely, you’ll recognize the identity of this person of whom I’m writing.
If not, then I hope you’ll enjoy this brief “story” of an artist’s life.)
From a majestic mountain to a quiet glade,
Paintings that featured light were this artist’s trade.
Inviting, lighted cottages by peaceful lakes or streams,
Became sweet reflections of all of our dreams.
Churches, gardens, or a bridge that was quaint,
Came into being by his brushes and paint.
A cabin in the woods; a lighthouse by the sea;
An American flag waving in the land of the free…
And famous landmarks or an old-fashioned street
Were the many scenes that made his gallery complete.
Hidden in his paintings were initials he would write,
Revealing the heart of this painter of light.
A tour filmed in Israel, where Jesus had walked,
Came alive to us all as he painted and talked–
Of Gethsemane’s Garden, where Jesus had prayed
That the way of the cross might not have to be paid.
His artistry placed the cross of Jesus Christ high,
Which spoke of God’s love against a splendorous sky.
He spread the Lord’s peace, through scriptures quoted
By his kind voice; and, in books, they were noted.
An impact for good was made by this man–
A big splash on this world was his part in God’s plan.
But don’t look to the imperfect artist, he had said,
Just look to the cross of Christ instead.
P. A. Oltrogge
“The Lord is my light and my salvation….” Psalm 27:1
“Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.'” John 8:12
“But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Galatians 6:14