The Blessing


Copyright 2001 © David G. Wilson

Acrylic on canvas; 2001, Collection of the artist.

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We Christians are blessed in multiple ways all because of a divine sacrifice. We are blessed with spiritual shelter and nourishment, which is incarnate in the flesh and blood of our lord and savior, Jesus Christ. He gave himself in sacrifice to liberate us from the weight of sin.

Many of us may not see the blessings and take them for granted. So I have juxtaposed them in a strategic manner to invoke an image that will give a visible representation of the lord giving us his blessings.

He sits across the table every time that we sit to have a meal. When we say grace before eating, he is there to bless the meal. Even though we may not see him, he is there. The bread that we eat and the wine that we drink contain the elements of his being.

The sacrifice that he made for us is evident in the glass of wine flavored with a cherry. He is present, crucified in the “Y” shape of the sacred glass of wine. As we pare into his eyes we see the indispensable vehicle that we require to transport us to our ultimately desired place. That vehicle stands there waiting as faithfully as the dog that stands guard over his incapacitated master. Eve is alledged to have crossed that threshold prematurely and there she lies, but the word has absolved her and her apple remains on the table where the incarnation of wine appears to hover over it poised to crush it and therein absolve us of the SIN. Yes, the wages of sin is death and it is a fact that we must die in the flesh as we cross the threshold onto that hallowed ground.

He said :

“ I am the way, the truth and the light and only through me, can you enter into my father’s house. ”

In this painting, the figure is clothed in red (the blood that he shed in sacrifice) and green (his salvation of the earth). The golden dove visible at his collar represents the Holy Spirit, which in turn mimics the pose of the crucifixion. The triangular shape of the figure symbolizes the Holy Trinity that is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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