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Peace and Destruction

This is a peaceful scene of a Japanese fisherman fishing off a bridge in the mountains.  This hand painted and signed Japanese silkscreen painting has something that is not so very peaceful associated with it though.  As a matter of fact it is the opposite of peace and relates to utter and complete evil. and destruction.  Perhaps you will be able to understand what I am referring too with a little more information to follow here.

The painting was given to my father-in law by an architect in Detroit, Michigan many years ago when he was working with him on some projects as a contractor in the Detroit area.  My father-in law, Albert Petrucci was close friends with an architect named Minoru Yamasaki who gave him this painting at the conclusion of one of the projects they worked on together.  Minoru came to Detroit in 1945 and started out working for a firm called Smith, Hinchman & Grylls, and then went on to form his own firm called Yamasaki & Associates.

Minoru Yamasaki is best known for the design of the original twin towers called the World Trade Center towers in New York City.  At one time, the towers were the tallest in the world at 1368′ and 1362′ tall.  The towers were destroyed on September 11, 2001 when al-Qaeda Islamic terrorist flew American Airlines planes into the buildings. The buildings stood for more than 30 years and were leveled within 1 hour and 42 minutes on that fateful day when almost 3000 people were murdered.


John 10:10 KJV

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 14:27 KJV

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, nether let it be afraid. 




The Last Judgement


Helen Hoven Santmyer once said ” But surely, if you trust GOD, you can believe the bad moments pass, and the good memories are worth enough.” She was the author of the New York Times best-selling classic ” And Ladies of the Club” with more than two and one half million copies in print today. It took her more than fifty years to write!

“The Last Supper” was painted by the Italian painter/ jack of all trades – Leonardo da Vinci in Milan, Italy on a wall in a dining hall. Leonardo worked on this painting for ten years.

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, more simply known as Michelangelo – painted “The Last Judgement” which is considered to be one of the twelve master paintings of the world. It took him a total of eight years to complete this work of art. He spent four years producing more than 2000 sketches and renderings and four years to do the actual painting.

Mastering your patience may very well create masterpieces in your own life. Sometimes it’s hard to do, but try to master patience every single day!