The Warner Sallman Collection

Category: Personal Stories

The Master Healer

by Joyce Day

Growing up in Clarksburg, W.Va., I remember visiting family members in the local hospital. I was always fascinated by this huge painting of Jesus healing a man lying by a pool. Now, 40+ years later, I just saw that same painting in the new Clarksburg hospital. Reading the plaque, I discovered that it was one of two paintings done by Warner Sallman for hospitals. This one is The Master Healer. Who knows, maybe the powerful image of that painting contributed to my call to ordained ministry years after the fact.

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A friend in Jesus

by Liz Graham

I had a beautiful picture over my bed as a little girl. It was a child, Jesus, sitting on his mother’s lap looking out over the distance. It was so peaceful, and it made me feel Jesus was my friend. This was in the early 1960s. this week, as I emptied my parents’ home as my dad is about to die, I found the picture stored in the attic. It is not in great shape but reminds me of being a trusting child. My mom has been gone for almost 20 years and my dad will join her soon.

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He is still in my heart

by Nadene Cheney

Neighboors took me to Sunday School when I was a child. It was a small church, and there was a large portrait of Christ at the Door. In my teens I wandered away from God. One night in my early twenties I lay in bed sorrowing over the path I had taken and wondering how to get right. Then I remembered that painting and that verse from Revelation. I asked Christ to come into my heart and forgive my many sins. He did. That was over 50 years ago. He is still here in my heart. I thank God for that painting.

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