Mary Cassat left France for Philadelphia when the Prussian-Franco war interfered with her painting. Leaving Philadelphia she went to Chicago, hoping to sell some of her work. She got there in time to lose all her art in the Great Chicago Fire.
She returned to Europe when France capitulated to Bismarck. She needed Europe as an artist as businessmen needed New York, as legislators needed Washington, D.C. In Paris she could be with like-minded people. And her students could study and copy the great masters of her craft. American Heritage, December, 1973, 13.
We can learn three spiritual lessons from her story. One, Christians need the fellowship of like-minded people. Congregational worship offers mighty encouragement to individual Christians. For “fighting the good fight” privately all week can leave us enervated. Gathering for fellowship with fellow believers should re-charge our weakness with new vigor.
Two, whatever loss daily life imposes on our discipleship can be regained by community singing, praying, communion, offering and preaching. No spiritual diminution we suffer as persons need be irrevocable if we avail ourselves of weekly worship.
Three, studying Jesus in the Gospels on a daily basis, and in hearing him proclaimed in weekly worship, exposes our minds and hearts to God’s Ideal Man. What we learn by studying and listening may not make us immediate copiers of his Glory. But only with the former does the latter gradually, incrementally and ultimately occur.
Remember: we can educate ourselves in what can be useful in making a living, but only studying and seeking to copy Jesus will build a life that survives careers, losses and death to live again in God’s Presence.
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Apologetics book: Their Own Best Defense, Volume 2, Part 1
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The Parables of Jesus at www.createspace.com/7164741
Gift of the GIVER:Gifts for the GIVER, Vol. 2 at www.createspace.com/7551153
Their Own Best Defense, Vol. 2, Part 2 at www.createspace.com/7446349