Rising from Sleep in the Morning

MP900398985Lent – the first of the Spencer paintings in Stephen Cottrell’s “Christ in the Wilderness” shows Christ waking from sleep to pray.

Cottrell suggests we look and ponder without reading the background first. I’m struck by how like a flower the composition is, with petals of the ground and Christ’s robe, and the central stamen being Christ’s Body as he extends his arms right up with his hands together to pray.  A man wakes, a flower blooms. There is nothing sleepy eyed about Christ – I wish I woke up like this. He looks as though he is about to dive straight to heaven, to dive into the presence of the Father – his arms and eyes are focussed on God, just as a flower follows the sun.

When I wake – how do I focus, and on what? Do I follow God all day with all my heart, as a flower follows the sun?

 

Try    pamsperambulation  for her meditation on this.

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