Despite the recurrence of false alarms proclaiming that dams were breaking and evacuation should occur immediately it was a beautiful sunny and clear day in Columbia as the waters of the deluge continued to subside. As I emerged from what has seemed to have been an interminable confinement I was struck by the very beauty of Gods creation. Everything seemed so light, and clean, and new, despite the debris, torn up streets, and destroyed buildings. For sure, we have endured much and many friends have lost much but in the end the promises of the creator hold firm and point toward renewal and rebirth,
I offer the work of Thomas Cole titled “The Subsiding of the Waters of the Deluge” painted in 1829 as an offering of Thanksgiving for the end of disaster and the beginning of re-creation. with regard to Thomas Cole I quote from Wikipedia:
Thomas Cole (February 1, 1801 – February 11, 1848) was an American artist. He is regarded as the founder of the Hudson River School, an American art movement that flourished in the mid-19th century. Cole’s Hudson River School, as well as his own work, was known for its realistic and detailed portrayal of American landscape and wilderness, which feature themes of romanticism.
and as to the work itself from http://www.womeninthebible.net/paintings_noah.htm
The deluge has ceased, the waters recede, and a new dawn opens up for the Earth.The most startling quality of this painting is the clarity of light . It is as if the whole world has been washed clean of every tarnish, and now lies ready for a new dawn. Certainly wreckage is strewn in the forefront of the painting, and the ground is still awash with the receding floodwater, but light coming from some point at the right of the picture seems to announce the new world that God is offering Noah. Cole seems to suggest that this is the scene that greeted Noah when he removed the covering from the door of the ark.
May we be truly thankful as the waters recede from the earth, and may we endeavour to serve those who have suffered loss with great zeal and devotion.