She Was 8 When She Saw Heaven
Posted by addisethiopia on December 16, 2012
Many people have been fascinated with the drawings from child art prodigy, Akiane Kramarik , who says her inspiration has come from heavenly dreams.
Akiane was only eight years old when she painted this portrait of Jesus, called Prince of Peace. Today, she is now seventeen, having spent her childhood having visions. and painting and dictating/writing poetry from age four. Her mother was an atheist, her father a lapsed Catholic. Akiane’s gifts seemingly started out of the blue, with no coaching or lessons. She’s a self-taught artist, home-schooled, raised in poverty, and eventually, through her paintings and visions, she helped convert her entire family to Christianity. You can view more of her work here.
Akiane was once asked what she would say to God if she could ask him just one question and he would answer, and she said she would ask him what the purpose of extreme suffering is. But, I think we all know what the answer would be, at least on some level. This world was never meant to be our permanent home.
We were created to be more than we are because God is more than this world. It is like C.S. Lewis said – “You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” Sometimes, when we suffer here in this world, it is our own doing, but more often than not, it’s out of our hands. But this life is just for a little while. We are on loan to this world. That doesn’t mean that we should not help make it a better place. We definitely should – otherwise, what is the point? We could sit on our hands all day, refusing to care, refusing to help, or we can make our lives mean something. I choose meaning. I choose hope. Hope is what Akiane wants people to come away with after viewing her artwork, after reading her poetry, after reading about her childhood and her life as it is now. That is what I strive to embody with my own life as well, through my writing and also through compassion for others. We may feel completely alone sometimes, but all we have to do is reach out and grasp somebody’s hand (physically or even spiritually). We are not alone. We just have to stop acting as if we are, that’s all. She said.
A self-taught painter was never raised religiously, although her parents have become religious through her paintings. She says
she is inspired from above and paints pictures of her alleged visits to heaven. Perhaps, The Almighty called on her to be a witness.
The part of the video that caught my attention was the portrait of Jesus, and the architecture of the church in heaven – very similar to some of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo churches.
ልጂቱ የታያት ገነታዊ የቤተክርስቲያን ህንፃ፡ ቅጥርግቢውን ጨምሮ፡ አንዳንድ የአገራችንን ዓብያተክርስቲያናት ይመስላል። በተጨማሪ የሳለቸውን የክርስቶስ ምስል (ከቅላቱ በቀር) ከሚመስል ከአንድ ዘመዴ ጋር በቅርቡ ተገናኝቼ ነበር፤ እርሱም አንድ ልዩ ወደ ሆነ መንፈሳዊ ቦታ እንድሄድ ጠቁሞኝ ህይወት ለዋጭ የሆነ ነገር ሊገጥመኝ ችሏል፡ የሚገርም አጋጣሚ ነው።
Radio Host Says God Didn’t Protect Kids in Shooting Because We’ve Told ‘God to Get Lost’
My note: Hurricane ‘Sandy’ left New York with scores of untold tragedies, and now. this heartbreaking, unspeakable tragedy at ‘Sandy’ Hook Elementary School. In ancient Greece, Sandy, short for Cassandra, is a mythological figure who epitomizes tragedy. But, the little ones are in heaven!
Evangelical radio host Bryan Fischer is under fire after comments he uttered today during his American Family Association radio program. His statements, made in reference to today’s horrific school shooting in Connecticut, raised some eyebrows, particularly among liberal groups who view them as insensitive and wrong-headed. Mediaite HYPERLINK “http://www.mediaite.com/online/christian-radio-host-god-didnt-stop-ct-shooting-because-we-took-prayer-out-of-the-classroom/” has a recap:
Christian radio hostBryan Fischer took to his American Family Association radio show this afternoon to say that God didn’t stop the horrific Connecticut elementary school shooting spree because he does not go “where he is not wanted.”
Fischer made the case that, in his mind, God would have protected the shooting victims had there been a system of school prayer and a respect for the Ten Commandments in public classrooms.