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'Onward Christian Soldiers' Limited Edition giclee Print 15 x 20 " by Martin Wade

The painting depicts a lone soldier (in brown) marching as to war following his call to duty. The halo (in orange) around the Christ beckons him forward as he marches over the green fields in obedience.  In the top corners of the painting are God as the eternal circle, and the Holy Spirit as the wind passing through a window, representing the Holy Trinity.  

This is a love story on a biblical scale.  Whilst the painting deliberately makes a strong reference to the moment of Christ's crucifixion, it was painted with a wider spiritual message in mind.  Sacrificial love puts your own wants to one side to serve another.  "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."  Many servicemen reflect upon their faith at times of conflict and perhaps question the notion of being slain whilst serving their country.  In overcoming their own fear they routinely  put themselves in harm's way or make the ultimate sacrifice.  Sacrificial love is as true today as it ever was.

The white crosshairs extending from the crucifix suggest setting your own sights on such love, obedience and sacrifice. 

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