"The Blessed Hope," a painting of the second coming by Nathan Green is now hanging in the lobby of Upper Columbia Conference. The painting represents the dedication of each member to share this blessed hope.
Today we dedicated a new picture in the Upper Columbia Conference Office lobby. Paul Hoover gathered members of the Conference Executive Committee along with office staff in front of Nathan Green's painting of the Second Coming entitled, "The Blessed Hope." Paul said that this is not the dedication of just a picture in this building, but a dedication of people -- all the members -- of Upper Columbia Conference, to share the message of the second coming of Jesus."
After a short devotional, Paul prayed, dedicating all members in Upper Columbia Conference to share the same message the painting expresses. Following the prayer, Conference Executive Committee members, Patty Schultz and Merlin Ekvall, along with President Paul Hoover and Vice President Doug Johnson cut the ribbon in front of the picture.
Paul Hoover said that the words on the plaque which hangs just to the right of the artwork shares the hopes and dreams of all Adventists. It reads as follows:
"For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words" 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.
"The Blessed Hope," by Nathan Green, captures the emotion and joy of the moment when Christ returns to redeem his children from all walks of life and take them home to heaven. Set against a dark sky, the explosion of light and color, framed by countless angels, reminds us that this world is not our home and our hope and trust in Jesus' soon coming will be realized.