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Topic: Accent (02/21/13)
TITLE: The Masterpiece
By Cheryl von Drehle
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The brilliant colors combined with soft illusive light and shadows, the subtle texture and complex subject… it was all here before her astonished eyes. “This was painted for me.” She purchased it without hesitation and went directly home.
She wasted no time in hanging her prized possession on the wall opposite the entryway. It became the centerpiece of her home and each day, looking first upon this sublime painting would set her mind and heart in the right direction.
Gradually though, the painting devolved in her experience from the focal point of her of home to an artistic accent embellishing its surroundings, to just another feature of her comfortable house. In fact, after a few months she barely noticed the painting unless a visitor, on seeing it for the first time, gasped with delight and inquired about its origin and meaning. On those occasions she would eye the painting curiously, trying to recapture that first bliss that it had stirred in her soul. Sadly, she could not.
What in life is an all-consuming passion, a lens through which all else is viewed? What picture casts its aura to color all else in its purview? And what becomes of it, if it no longer is the centerpiece, but rather just an accent, an illuminating feature but not the thing itself?
“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! But you are lukewarm… .”* That is what becomes of a mere accent.
*Revelation 3:15-16 ESV
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