Rain pouring down...
Studio dismal & uninviting, raw, damp & cold.
Even the cat hesitated on back doorstep
loath to let me out...
I suddenly saw white almond blossom
sparkling in the rain
against the dark hedge
thank you for making me pause and look...
The artist Stanley Spencer
set out to paint a series of 40 paintings for Lent...
with the idea that a new painting could be put up each day in his church at Cookham
so that people could drop in and meditate everyday.
Its not surprising the series remained unfinished,
but I love the unusual way he envisaged Christ in the wilderness...http://www.artgallery.wa.gov.au/collections/documents/spencer_conv.pdf
The Taize App ...page for today quotes from Br Rogers writings:
"...like the Almond tree that begins to blossom in the light of springtime, God makes even the deserts of our soul burst into flower."