Ms. Gherardini

Former first lady, Jackie Kennedy loved Lisa Gherardini. So much so that Mrs. Kennedy authorized a secret service escort during Gherardini’s visit from France to America in the early 60’s.

President Kennedy shared his admiration for this mother of five with dark hair and beautiful olive colored skin. While her visit did not last long, Ms. Gherardini had a profound impact on everyone who spent time in her presence.

There is no need to question your knowledge of history. You know Lisa Gherardini as the Mona Lisa, painted in the sixteenth century by Leonardo da Vinci[1]

I’ve played this charade to illustrate that facts can be distorted, but you likely had an “ah hah” moment when you discovered the truth, whether now or before.

Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).

The crowd listening to Jesus smugly proclaimed they had never been enslaved, so freedom wasn’t a need. “Everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. . . . If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:34b and 36).

We should have an epiphany when we discover that our destructive behavior enslaves us. Yet more importantly is the truth taught by Jesus that will set us free. The freedom taught by Christ has nothing to do with earthly bondage, but the freedom that comes with surrendering our life to Him. When that occurs, we will learn that our life is not our own, it belongs to the “Potter” (God) who will mold and shape us for His eternal glory.

– Jim McNeff

P.S. Check out the cross draw revolver carried by the officer in the security detail.

[1] Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, Killing Kennedy, (Henry Holt and Company, 2012), 135-137.

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