As the rain slackens and begins to stop the “Return of the Dove to the Ark ” seems a fitting offering as we give thanks for relief from continuing devastation. And, it speaks to us as we await the final word that the worst is over so we might begin our recovery and rebuilding. This painting was created by John Everett Millais in 1851 and the original is displayed in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford. It is based on the narrative in the book Genesis telling of the return of the dove sent out by Noah to make sure the flood waters had receded.
The artist was born in Southampton, England in 1829, of a prominent Jersey-based family. The designation PRA after his name designates him as one of the members of the Royal Academy of Arts. He was also a part of a group called the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood. This was a group of English painters, poets and critics whose aim was to reform art by rejecting what it considered the mechanistic approach first adopted by Mannerist artists who succeeded Raphael and Michelangelo.
Let us pray for our brothers and sisters who have endured pain and suffering from this natural disaster and give thanks that it is almost over. May we have the strength to minister to those adversely affected and to rebuild our community.