Howard Pyle had his nativity in 1853 and his death in 1911. Between the two dates he became the “father of American illustration,” writing and illustrating “19 books and dozens of short stories.” He also drew 14 murals. Young students traveled to Wilmington, North Carolina to study under him. They carried his spirit into their generation.
Pyle himself lived so completely in America’s past that he created art so realistic it hasn’t been duplicated since. He spared no effort to make his paintings accurate. American history Illustrated, April – February, 1966-1967, p. 35
His life in America’s past challenges Christians to live so thoroughly in God’s word that we instinctively respond to any value or belief with, “how does that correspond with Bible teaching?” To live so completely in Jesus Christ’s Presence that we can say with Paul, our life is hidden with Christ in God Colossians 3:3; with Paul that we consider everything in life rubbish compared to living with him Philippians 3:8; and with Paul that we want to evidentially and experientially KNOW Jesus Christ,…becoming like him in his death…and attaining “to the resurrection from the dead” Philippians 3:10.
How “lost” in Jesus are we? Or are we “found” in this world adopting its values, reflecting its morals? What would we rather have than Jesus? Or what will we gain or surrender to hide ourselves in him so that one day he will let us share his glory? Colossians 3:4
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