There are times when the weather mirrors emotion (I realise this is not a particularly profound thought so I will have to re-word it later once I am overcome with profundity).This was painted on return from years of living in a Mediterranean country, a time which was outwardly between warm and sweltering but inwardly frequently as bleak as the weather we are experiencing at the moment. Cheery thought -I blame it on the weather!
Hah, and to counter this the sun has just burst through the clouds here and the birds are singing. So, in honour of that here's a work of art by uber-talented Cypriot artist and singer, Elias Karseras, who sadly passed away in 2007; lovely man and wonderful artist.
In conversation with a couple of housemates today these words of C. H. Spurgeon came to mind. Of course, they came into the context of the topic we were discussing but rather than recount that, the words can speak for themselves: Remember,
therefore, it is not your hold on Christ that saves you — it is Christ; it is
not your joy in Christ that saves you — it is Christ; it is not even faith in
Christ, though that be the instrument — it is Christ's blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to your hand with which you are grasping Christ, as
to Christ; look not to your hope, but Jesus, the source of your hope — look not
to your faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. We will
never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it
is whatJesusis, not what we are, that gives
rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God,
it must be by “looking unto Jesus.” Keep your eye simply on Him; let His death,
His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession, be fresh on your
mind; when you wake in the morning look to Him; when you lie down at night look
to Him. Oh! let not your hopes or fears come between you and Jesus; follow hard
after Him, and He will never fail you.
And for those who like beards, another Spurgeon quotation...