Friday, April 10, 2009

Dr. J?

I didn't have a chance to do the Friday Five this morning. (And that's probably a good thing because I didn't have anything profound to contribute.) I was up early taking Marble to his vet appointment. He's an "old man" now with some kidney issues and arthritis, but holding steady.

Then Hubby and I drove to a neighboring small city for an afternoon of continuing education classes. It was held at a clinic/surgical center, and I noticed this painting in the hallway: (I couldn't stop myself from snapping a picture when nobody was looking!)



I suppose they chose this particular work to reassure their patients that they "partner with the Lord". However, if I were their patient, I think I would find it disconcerting.

I mean, if I'm stumped by a difficult or unique case, I consult with a here-on-earth colleague or refer to a specialist. Sitting in my office with a perplexed look waiting for divine inspiration doesn't strike me as the best course of action for the patient (and not likely the best use of my clinic time either).

Of course one could say this is 'art' and it shouldn't be taken so literally. But I think one could also say this is more kitsch than art -- not unlike dogs playing poker.

10 comments:

Rev SS said...

Oh my! I think I would run (not walk) from that office if I were a potential patient!

Processing Counselor said...

This is scary. Seems like the kind of Drs. office that might not prescribe birth control?

Songbird said...

I think you would find this painting in many other medical centers; it's at the hospital many of my parishioners prefer for its personal treatment. But I'm with you, ick!

dust bunny said...

Jesus said: "As you recall, I healed that patient by laying on of hands...not with antibiotics. Now, you try it."

Presbyterian Gal said...

I totally agree with your take on this picture. Unfortunately I figured it out late. There was a similar one in the office of the doctor who performed my LASIK procedure. And the history of that day supports your thesis as well! ACK!!

David said...

I forgot that Jesus had a mullet.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

well it's like a religious version of norman rockwell work isn't it? eh...

Barbara B. said...

Thanks for 'weighing in', everyone :)

offspring #1 said...

Oh my God, Jesus DOES have a mullet!!! The holiest of all haircuts.

Barbara B. said...

I think Jesus' hair "blends" though... :)