I recently read a book about Vincent Van Gogh. This book is called Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman. This book is an interesting biography about Vincent and his strong bond with his brother Theo. I didn’t really know much about Vincent Van Gogh. I really only knew that he was a good painter and cut his ear off.
Throughout most of his adult life, Vincent was supported financially and emotionally by his brother Theo. Theo pushed Vincent to become and artist. He was one of the few people who believed that Vincent could become a great artist. He sent Vincent a constant stream of money and art supplies when Vincent decided to pursue art.
Even though they fought occasionally, Vincent and Theo loved each other. They were more than brothers, they were best friends.
Theo constantly worried about Vincent, especially when Vincent was mentally unstable towards the end of his life. Theo rushed to Vincent’s side when he was in the hospital after cutting off his own ear, even though Theo had just gotten engaged and it was Christmas. He also rushed to the hospital after Vincent shot himself. The bullet could not be taken out of Vincent so the doctors told him to wait and see what happened. Theo was there, comforting Vincent as he suffered. Vincent passed away in Theo’s arms.
Theo died not long after Vincent.
When thinking about these brothers, I realized that each of us has a brother who is just as supportive and kind. We have a brother who believes in us and comforts us when we are struggling. Not only that, our brother is perfectly loving and forgiving. I am sure you know who I am talking about. Jesus Christ.
Christ was willing to die for us and through Him, we can live again. I know that He loves me, and I love Him. This is His church and as we listen to conference this week, let us remember that He is the foundation of this gospel.
*The painting above is a portrait of Theo Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh. If you want to learn more about Vincent Van Gogh, this is a really cool site.*
What is something that points you to Christ?