Unveiling of The Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda held at East Campus
Gerald R. Winslow, PhD, vice president for spiritual life and wholeness, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, offers the dedicatory prayer following the unveiling of The Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda painting.
Unveiling ceremonies for Nathan Greene’s latest painting, The Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda, were held on Friday, April 7, at Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus Hospital.
“The story that is portrayed in this beautiful painting encapsulates the motto of this institution—‘to make man whole,’” says B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, president and chief executive officer of Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center.
“The concept of the painting was originally conceived by Tom and Vi Zapara,” states Michael H. Jackson, MPH, senior vice president of Loma Linda University Medical Center, and administrator of the East Campus Hospital.
“In discussing the role of the East Campus with the Zaparas, Mr. Zapara suggested that a piece of art be created representing Christ healing the paralytic, which he felt represented the mission of the East Campus Hospital.”
The Zaparas funded the sketch that is the basis for the completed painting.
“After the sketch was completed, the Zaparas then suggested that Mr. Greene turn the sketch into a painting,” Mr. Jackson continues.
“At that point, Lynn and Karen Martell lovingly provided the funds for the painting. It is through their generosity that this painting became a reality.”
“The East Campus Hospital is a very critical part of the Medical Center complex,” says Ruthita J. Fike, MA, chief executive officer and administrator of Loma Linda University Medical Center.
“This campus—because it is smaller in size—is where we prototype many of the ideas that are later implemented throughout the Medical Center complex. And it can be done here because of the cohesiveness of the staff.”
“Rarely does an artist emerge with the balance of strengths and emotional intensity of Mr. Greene,” says Mr. Jackson. “In The Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda, Mr. Greene combines his unique artistic style with the painting traditions of the old masters to deliver a powerful image that goes straight to the heart.”
About The Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda Mr. Greene says: “Each person has a need to experience healing from God, both physically and spiritually.
“Many go through life unaware of God’s everlasting presence and without a realization that He is always near, with arms outstretched, longing to restore them. Some, so focused on their own suffering and despair, are completely unaware that Jesus is right beside them.
“Others may be followers of Jesus, but they look down with uncertainty and disdain at the hurting people around them, showing they do not understand His love for everyone.
“Some strive for healing and salvation by their own power. They cannot trust that the touch of Jesus’ hand will be sufficient.
“Finally, some, like the paralyzed man in this painting, see Jesus, recognize their need of His healing in their lives, and reach out to accept His offer of wholeness.”
By Richard Weismeyer