‘What does he mean by this “a little while”?..’

Really struck by the ‘a little while’ phrase in the reading from John’s gospel in morning prayer [Friday 15.2.19]. The disciples asked ‘What does he mean by this “a little while”?..’ I wanted to write the whole thing out (John 16:16-22), and draw. (Also, and not that inspiration is directly linked to the number of notebooks used, this was a three notebook – and one heron – Friday morning!) 

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God carried me through. A reminder from Walt Whitman.

I noted these particular lines of Walt Whitman a few years ago, they vary in different editions of ‘song of myself’, I love them. Earlier it felt like today was precariously balanced (indications of things unravelling a little), its picked up since but I was reminded of Walt’s assurance of what God carries, and what he carries us through.

“And slept while God carried me through the lethargic mist, 
And took my time….and took no hurt from the 
foetid carbon. “

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Landscapes, some with the moon.

Over a few nights. Painting thinking about the moon, when and where I’ve seen it low in the sky.

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Eagle, lectern.

Eagles on church lecterns. Symbolic in more than one way but this notebook page was just about walking past the great wooden eagle in St Mary’s and saying hello.

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Anthony of Egypt

Anthony of Egypt, died 356, remembered by the church 17th January.
Anthony went into the desert, lived in solitude, prayed, and contended with the devil and his temptations. Notebook page I made an image of Anthony on, as I see him and after I read about him today, also another rough painting of him in prayer.

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Baptism of Christ, the first Sunday after Epiphany

This evening, as well as a little ticket recycling doodle, a notebook painting after looking online at Piero della Francesca’s Baptism of Christ. The Baptism of Christ was marked yesterday, the first Sunday after Epiphany. Before ordination I went to the National Gallery specifically to see della Francesca’s painting but it and others in that room had been removed, for the walls to be repainted I think. I’m really looking forward to going again soon to spend some time looking at it.
Here’s a couple of verses from yesterday’s gospel reading:
Now when all the people were baptised, and when Jesus also had been baptised and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:21-22

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Mountain, land, water in Mark 6:45-52.

Yesterday’s gospel reading in the mid-week Eucharist was Mark 6:45-52, something made me feel like I was hearing it for the first time. It wasn’t the walking on water so much as all the details that wrap around it. The whole passage made me think of the strangeness of certain works of art, like one of Paul Nash’s strange landscapes, but more than this. I painted some notebook pages. Not so strange but about the mountain he walked up, the land, and the water he walked on.

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