Dogs are our links to paradise . . .

"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To site with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring, it was peace." Milan Kundera

So this painting is for the man of the ranch and his baby dog Sock, who ruled the ranch. I loved painting these two precious pieces for the couple of their babies.

Blazing through Judges last week... Terry and I read about the Samson and Delilah debacle. Of course I love the song "The Hallelujah" and sing it all the time. ... but rereading the true Bible account written by Samuel, who wrote the Book of Judges until his death and the Book of Samuel at which point the prophets Nathan and Gad picked up the story.  So this story was written and pass down by Samuel.

"So Delilah said to Samson, "Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued."  It does not end well. The Philistines gouged his eyes out and Samson still pushed on... The servant with Samson tied him between two main columns in the temple and Samson prayed out to the Lord one more time... 

"Sovereign Lord, remember me? Please, God, strengthen me just once more and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes."  

Bracing himself and pushing on the pillars he cried "Let me die with the Philistines" The the temple fell on all the rulers and people inside of it. Samson had ruled Israel for twenty years. He killed more men when he died than while he lived. 

Sampson was deceived originally and humiliated by his wife (the woman he lusted for and went against everyone to have her) and wedding guests.  That started a killing rage. (When he was born he was originally set aside for God and he strayed from relying on God to relying on his own strength) Truly He was a man of intelligence and a sense of humor. He had the ability to lead his people against the Philistines but his story ends in needless tragedy.  Disobedience, defeat, disgrace and destruction were his fatal cohorts.  His downfall had begun earlier with his lure of the flesh for Delilah.   

We all need to realize that the deeper we allow ourselves to be influenced by worldly things, the more BLIND we become. Samson was spiritually blind before his eyes were gouged out. It is so easy for sin to seep deeply into our lives and there will be an impact and repercussions. Sin binds us and slowly grinds away at us.