There is a lot to say about a piece of art.
Silas Thompson Fine Art has just released a new 6×8 of Madam Jizlesn. The story of this master piece is a story of compassion. It is a story of suffering. It is a story of provision. It is a story of care. (like Silas Thompson Fine Art on Facebook)
But this kind of story doesn’t happen without pain and suffering from both the subject and the artist. Madam Jizlesn, is the master chef of New Horizon Home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She provides tasty, nutritious meals every day for 20 precious girls whose stories are also birthed in pain and suffering.
Madam Jizlesn doesn’t prepare meals in a controlled environment with ease of an electric or gas range. She prepares meals every day on the west side of the house in 90+ degree days on a charcoal burner. It is a pleasure to watch this master chef prepare the staples of life. The result of her labor? Satisfaction and increased health for 20 girls abandoned in a forgotten land.
Silas Thompson, a young man who follows his Lord at risk to life and/or reputation to obey his Maker’s demand. Not long ago this young follower of Christ left a controlled environment and ease of life and quickly found himself in the throws of a spiritual conundrum as the world watched and jeered.
This painting, like any good painting, will generate emotion, feeling, thought, and consideration for the observer, the subject, the owner and the painter. Maybe they will all think different things, but for this observer who knows the subject and painter, I call it a master piece.
Yet every advantage that I had gained I considered lost for Christ’s sake. Yes, and I look upon everything as loss compared with the overwhelming gain of knowing Jesus Christ my Lord. For his sake I did in actual fact suffer the loss of everything, but I considered it useless rubbish compared with being able to win Christ. For now my place is in him, and I am not dependent upon any of the self-achieved righteousness of the Law. God has given me that genuine righteousness which comes from faith in Christ. How changed are my ambitions! Now I long to know Christ and the power shown by his resurrection: now I long to share his sufferings, even to die as he died, so that I may perhaps attain as he did, the resurrection from the dead. (Phillips)