There is a portrait of the apostle Paul that hangs in the National Gallery in Washington D.C. Rembrandt painted it in the seventeenth century. Here is Paul (as seen in the mind’s eye of the artist) – old, weathered, and worn out, sitting at a desk, working on a piece of parchment, quill in hand.
It’s very moving to think of the incomparable gift God gave us in the writings of this dear saint. It’s as though Paul is writing 2 Timothy in the portrait. This letter was to be his final words, which he wrote from a dungeon in Rome. Nostalgic, tender, and compassionate, Paul imparts loving counsel to the disciple he loved so dearly and to us.
From Women of Faith Devotional Bible. Copyright © 2003 (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission.