Easter Visitor

jesusknockingI was remembering an Easter post from a few years back, and intended to repost it but never found it: an image of brilliant white bloodroot (which began blooming up the New Road just a few days ago) across the words were written: He is risen!

I wasn’t able to find it, but did in my search find this blog post about the “real Jesus” of Warner Sallman–the painted face and form that most Christians and non-Christians alike SEE in their mind when they need an image for the name.

You can read the 2008 Easter post and the story of the  familiar painting here:

Face of the Real Jesus


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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Your 2008 entry was a lovely thing to read this Easter Sunday. I have not been in a mainline Protestant church in at least 10 years, but I have been a member of Unity, which considers itself Christian, and honors Jesus as the Son of God by all sorts of metaphysical explanations. I have been very comfortable with this move, because I never was able to “get” the explanations of Jesus offered by traditional Christian theology, no matter how liberal the church. In any event, belated haapy Easter.