Finding God in Nature

Recently, I went to visit the American Pre-Raphaelite exhibit at the National Gallery in Washington DC. There were many beautiful examples and I was struck by the work of Fidelia Bridges 1834-1923 who lived in Canaan Connecticut. She found the beauty of small things in nature. Known for her “microscopic details” and as William Trost…

Praising God: Sabbath Rest

I had the pleasure of attending an exhibit on Saturday that featured many of the paintings of American Pre-Raphaelite artists. This painting by Thomas Charles Farrer was one that really captured my imagination… Mount Tom, 1865, Thomas Charles Farrer, 1839-1891, oil on canvas, 15.9 x 24.2 inches, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Image Source…

The Art of Letter Writing

This year, for my New Year’s resolution, I decided that I would look for ways to revive some “old school” ways. I wanted to lay down my cell phone a bit more and break the horrible addiction of checking for emails and comments…to simplify things and relish the slow lane of life a little more…

Praising God: Stillness

There is something about this painting I find very appealing… Maybe it represents something to my subconscious mind. I feel like I could look at it for ages and never grow tired. I believe my mother had a reproduction of this painting hanging on the wall of our house in California, so it could represent…

Praising God: The Cloudscape

A dear friend of mine and a fellow blogger posted online that he was suddenly becoming more aware of how important it is to spend time in praise of God. And I thought “wow! amazingly simply but very profound.” and I am resolved to spend more time in praise. I hope to encourage you in…

God is Great

As I was casting around for a painting this week, I discovered this marvelous one by Albert Bierstadt. I usually think of Bierstadt as a painter of heavenly landscapes of the American West. He was very influential during his time because his work was the inspiration for many immigrants to travel the overland routes in…

Searching for Answers

For all who are currently living in the aftermath of some kind of bomb shell discovery, I hope you might find my reflections this week helpful. ┬áPlease remember that whatever it is that you are currently struggling through, find someone to talk to about your feelings and as always I encourage you to turn to…

Examen in Tranquility

I have been following and exploring the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola this month with the Jesuits of Britain Pathways to God. One of the practices that they encourage is to pray the “Examen” which teaches a guided meditation to daily examen your day or your week through prayer. The following phrases and…

Divine Moments

Life is a journey with many passing stages. Each step of our way is filled with its own unique challenges, but also blessings. Can you think of a few? The time of sweetness when we hold a baby for the fist time and let them curl their little fingers around ours. The days of pure…

Remembering Joy

A day of preparation for the celebration to come… A day of remembrance and prayer so that we might understand better that which we are celebrating–a country built on freedom. I relish this pause in our busy schedules so that we might remember, as a country, all of our history. This scene, painted in 1897,…