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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Art (01/18/07)

By Ed VanDeMark


Art Is

Art is the electron of passion shattering the atom of technique to move mankind an inch closer to the heart of God.

Art is a widow working three jobs to support her children.

Art is a father being a Cub Master so he can be with his son.

Art is a firefighter entering the Twin Towers.

Art is a soldier falling on a grenade to save his comrades.

Art is a child standing up to a bully.

Art is a woman fighting off a rapist

Art is a woman reading poetry to her comatose husband.

Art is visiting an inmate.

Art is standing up for your beliefs especially when they are unpopular.

Art is joking with a friend to help them overcome depression.

Art is a child shoveling an elderly neighbor’s sidewalk.

Art is a doctor that goes the extra mile to save a patient’s life.

Art is the daily prayer for the salvation of a wayward child.

Art is caring for a family member with dementia.

Art is overcoming an addiction.

Art is caring about others when it is inconvenient.

Art is knowing when to fight and when to surrender. .

Art is striving to achieve the unattainable.

Art is dreaming of a better life.

Art is overcoming a terminal illness.

Art is forgiving the unforgivable.

Art is being trapped inside yourself.

Art is being alone and lonely because you’ve outlived everyone you know.

Art is a tender touch. It is holding hands and saying I love you.

Art is a school teacher giving a child special help.

Art is a crossing guard being a friend to the kids he protects.

Art is an encouraging word to a person that can’t see past her own problems.

Art is the memories of an old man and a hug from your Grandma.

Art is working years to develop the perfect apple pie recipe.

Art is the preaching of God’s word through acts of love.

Art is a life well lived.

Art is a story well told.

Art happens in life, daily. Art is all around us if we open our eyes and our hearts to its potential and its intensity. Art is using our God given gifts to tell the stories of God and mankind so lives are altered for eternity. Musicians call it soul. Newspapers refer to it as courage. Critics identify it as heart wrenching. Moviegoers permit their tears to flow in response to it. We are inspired by art. Art makes us laugh. Art terrifies us. Art informs us. Art brings bright lights, color and action into our lives. Art motivates us to change our ways while loving the person we were created to be. Art reveals the hero in each of us.

Art is Michelangelo liberating the slaves from a block of marble. Art is the tormented soul of Vincent vanGogh expressed on canvass. Art is the cartoons of Thomas Nast that brought down a tyrant. Art is the life of Eric Liddell as told in the movie “Chariots of Fire.” Art is the perfect necktie. Art is the promise of a diamond engagement ring. Art is a child’s painting hanging on the refrigerator. Art is a spectacular photo from outer space.

The ultimate tragedy is the sins of mankind. The ultimate expression of love is Jesus hanging on the cross. The ultimate irony is that life comes from death. The ultimate victory is the empty tomb of Christ. We do well to re-tell these stories in the parables of human interactions. We do even better to follow Jesus example and be the art appearing in flesh and blood.

Art is the electron of passion shattering the atom of technique to move mankind an inch closer to the heart of God.

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dub W01/28/07
A defining piece with a contexual devotion at the end. Interesting, almost poetic. Thanks for sharing.