Advent 22

December 2022

This painting by Camille Pissarro shows a small space outside the door, where a woman is sewing and at her feet a child playing. A couple of cats mouch about. Just inside the door is a second woman also working with her hands. The vine over the door is not yet in leaf, so perhaps this is early spring and the participants are taking the opportunity to enjoy a little sunshine. There is a blurring of the boundary between inside and outside.

Advent is a cold dark time of the year and we may be reluctant to go outside. But why not wrap up warm and make the most of the daylight hours? It can be a wonderful tonic.

The people who walked in darkness

   have seen a great light;

those who lived in a land of deep darkness—

on them light has shined. Isaiah 9:2

Counting on …day 140 

3rd April 2022

Nature is good for us. Being out in nature, taking note of the natural world around us help us maintain a sense of proportion. The Conversation recently posted this article suggesting five short walks to help us address our climate crisis fears.