He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
From the Artist:
The good seed is the gospel sown in the world and sown in the heart and by degrees produces wonderful effects but with noise. So is the kingdom of God, so is the gospel when it is sown and received as seed in the good ground. Though the seed seem lost and buried under the clods it will find or make its way through them. Let the work of Christ have the place it ought to have in a soul and it will show itself. The seed planter cannot describe how it come up, it is one of the mysteries of nature. It springs and grows up he knows not how. We know not how the Spirit by the Word makes a change in the heart any more than we can account for the blowing of the wind. The farmer sleeps and rises night and day – the same is the word of grace when it is received in faith. Faith is in the heart a work of grace and the preacher contributes nothing to it. The Spirit of God is carrying it on when they sleep and can do no business. It grows gradually, first the blade and so on, when it is sprung up it will go forward. Nature will have its course and so will grace. Christ’s interest both in the world and in the heart is and will be a growing interest. Nature does nothing abruptly, God carries on his work insensibly and without noise, but insuperably and without fail. When it is ripe and ready the owner puts it to the sickle. That Christ now accepts the services which are done to him by an honest heart from a good principle from the fruit of the gospel taking place and working in the soul. Christ gathers in a harvest of honor to himself and He will reward them in eternal life. When those that receive that gospel aright have finished their course, the harvest comes when they shall be gathered as wheat into God’s barn as a sheath of corn in His season. Matthew 13:30
Nicora Gangi was born in Indiana in 1952 and was educated at the Hartford Art School (Hartford, Connecticut) Montclair State College (Montclair, New Jersey) and Syracuse University (Syracuse,New York) (BFA 1974 and MFA 1976). She was a professor of art at Syracuse University for 29 years. She now resides in New York City. Ms. Gangi’s work has been featured in such publications as Artist Magazine, Pastel Artist International, CMYK, American Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine and many others. Her work is featured on the cover of several poetry journals including The Comstock Review’s Winter 2008 national poetry journal. In 2011 she was an award winner from the Pastel Journal 100 Competition. She is also a recipient of the Harris Popular Award from the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, N.Y., the 2005 Grand Prize from The Pastel Journal, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in 2008 among others. Nicora Gangi has lectured regionally and nationally as a visiting artist at colleges and universities and artist’s guilds on such varied topics as, “Spiritual Symbolism in Art” and “Personal Expression Through The Pastel Medium.” Recently she taught for Gordon College in Orvieto, Italy.
Nicora Gangi is a Spark and Echo Arts 2013 Resident Artist.
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