A Parable of the Rich Man and the Artist: A Fictional Story and Communion Meditation

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A Parable of the Rich Man and the Artist: A Communion Meditation

A Parable of the Rich Man and the Artist: A Communion Meditation

There was a wealthy man who made his money in high tech industry using only his left-brain. He put his analytical and practical skills to good use and soon became head of all operational logistics for what became one of the largest companies in the world. He became wealthy almost by accident and had more money then he knew what to do with.

He built a magnificent home
and in order to expand his right brain and because he was told
it would be a good investment, he began to buy what seemed to him the most impractical commodity of all ~ he began to collect art.

As he opened his life more fully to both his right and left brain
He discovered a connection between truth and beauty,
And in so doing came to the realization
that the most powerful visual image of the intersection of truth and beauty was the cross on which Jesus died.

Here was the broken beauty of one who was the way the truth and the life.
and yet was willing to die because through his death God’s love could be released to all men and women,
Jesus had said, greater love has no one than to lay down their life for a friend.

The wealthy man began to search high and low for a piece of art about the cross that would become the centerpiece of his collection.
The finest galleries in the world offered him works by the great masters¢â‚¬¦
But something had changed in this man’s heart.
he was no longer interested in the fame of the artist;
he was seeking for work that resonated with his spirit and soul.
Newspapers across the nation told the story of his spiritual quest.

One day in a small out of the way town he discovered the painting he was searching for. It was titled:
The Brokenness of Beauty: The Truth About Love.
When he asked the artist the price, the artist said, “it is not for sale.”
Pulling out his checkbook he handed it to the artist
and said, “write a check for any amount up to one hundred million dollars.”

The artist, who was very poor, said, “Sir, this piece is not for sale.
Perhaps you would be interested in another piece of my work.
WHY must you have this one piece of art?”

The wealthy man, who at one time in his life
prided himself in having never shed a tear,
began to weep quietly.

“When I was young I was poor and then I became a wealthy man.”
One day I realized the thing I most needed I could not buy.
I realized the peace and joy I sought from God
was available to me only through Jesus and the cross.

The beauty of your painting
is that your eye has seen
and your hand has rendered,
what I have found in my life to be true
but cannot adequately put into words-

That I am a great sinner
& Christ is a great savior.

Now it was the Artists turn to weep.
She lifted the painting off the easel and turned it
so the wealthy man who could see the back.

There he saw His name printed in bold letters
next to which was taped an article
about a wealthy man who would give anything
to find a painting reflecting God’s truth and love
broken on the cross.

“I have been waiting to meet you,
so I could give you the gift
that has already been purchased for you
through the blood of your Savior and mine Jesus Christ.

The art today is from Kathy Hastings from her amazing series called crossings.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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