Spring Beauty

So who’s sick of winter? Here’s a picture that should resonate with any New Englander…


Here’s another picture that should resonate with any New Englander, and also, give a glimmer of hope…


This painting is called, Spring Beauty, 1943 by Andrew Wyeth. Wyeth lived and painted the vast majority of his paintings in Maine. In this painting the colors are mute and cold, dead leafs are laying around the roots of a slumbering tree, the presence of winter and death dominates this painting, but at it’s center, there’s a tiny little glimmer of hope, a tiny little spring flower rising up from the winter ground. In the coming weeks, we’re going to see little hints of spring, just like this, springing up all around us.

You know, we reside in a living illustration… Our theme verse for the journey of prayer is Hosea 6:3, "Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” Spring is going to come, its just around the corner, this is sure! We can live through Tuesday’s pending snow storm in this hope! But the Lord is also coming, as sure…"as the spring rains", and there is even greater hope in that for us this morning.