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Spring Tour Cancelled

Dear friends,

My spring tour in the States in April is cancelled. I will stay home on my hillside and paint. Now with the gift of unscheduled time in which to create, my spirit soars and my physical world of business diminishes. I am home in a sacred place.

Words come to mind: Unprecedented. Patterns disrupted. Thoughts changed. Refocusing. Fragile. Loss. Confusion. Confinement. Sickness. Medical staff overworked. With so much negative news I am reminded of how powerful prayer can be. There is a certain global solidarity in our thoughts and in our inner spirits. We see things in a different way than we did two months ago. Through prayer comes an inner sense of hope in spite of it all. It enhances our awareness of the divine and puts us in a mode of compassion. We contemplate and search for a deeper understanding of the Truth and experience the presence of God in a profound way. We communicate through our spirits in thought and prayer to give courage and strength to all who are sick, to the caregivers, doctors, nurses, to those who are losing so much and to those who are responsible for making decisions that will impact many.

While many of us are at home, we can make the most of this time in large or small ways. We can dream our dreams. We can perceive the daily progress of the trees in bloom or the flowers in our yards or out our windows. The chant of the birds can renew our hope.

Let us be united through prayer:

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain here it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost an in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

 

 

Olive Trees at l’Abeille, 2020 – 30″x40″

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9 thoughts on “Spring Tour Cancelled”

  1. Dear Jill, I cherish the way that you minister to others. As the world unites in this war against an invisible enemy, may all of us find solace in our invisible bonds with friends. A day at the easel brings delight; and I never paint without warm thoughts of you. The passing of this confinement will bring relief and delight, including opportunities to work together again. May God bless and keep all of us in his tender care. Sending love across the Atlantic ~ Karen Reid, in Tennessee

  2. Hi dear Jill, Thank you for sharing your own uplifting reflections and the beautiful prayer by Thomas Merton. Atlanta is blooming-you can smell the pollen in the air!- and I am thankful for the colors, smells, rain, having a snug home to be in and my painting to sustain me. Living with uncertainties is just hard! Thank you for reminding me to dig deep and trust God.
    Wishing for you and your family peace and good health. Ginny
    PS Will not see you in June as my workshop was cancelled, but hope to see you somewhere in 2021!

  3. Looking back on your lovely calendar to your painting of The Good Shepherd,

    “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul….”. Psalm 23

    Love & prayers, Rose (Hayley’s mom)

  4. Sweet Jill. I am sorry that your tour has to cancel. I am sure you will be inspired to paint amazing art these next few months without any distractions! Stay well, and lots of hugs. Sabet

  5. Jill, if anybody needed down time it is you, although I know you thrive on all your career entails! I am pleased that your family does not have to share you during this time. The Ruffatos are a special, giving family and in time they will be sharing you with all of us once again. Prayers for y’all and for Aix

  6. Greetings from Alabama! I am very much enjoying time to “Be still and know that I am God.”. So sorry about your tour, Jill. In addition to selling your paintings, the tour must also be a time of reconnecting with America and with family and old friends. My family and I had a wonderful trip to Hawaii right before everything shut down. I am grateful to God for our time together as it was such a bonding experience to hold me over until such time that the world stops holding it’s breath.. With love and best wishes,
    Sue Hensley

  7. Jill
    Enjoy the precious time you have to paint!
    Haven’t heard from SBC but I suspect my 60th reunion will be canceled – makes me sad because it might be the last time for many of my class to be together’ I am thrilled the college seems to be remaining on its feet. I think Meredith Woo is a good lady with lots of innovative ideas.
    I love keeping up with your travels and hope you return to Philadelphia sometime soon. (I met you at Susanna Gold’s house)

  8. Will miss your class in Columbus,hopefully,it will be rescheduled. The prayer is so meaningful,especially now. Stall safe and well

    • I’m so sorry about our class, but I’m so glad to hear from you! Each time I read about France in the news, I pray that you and your family are safe. Your strong faith is a healing influence for us all. The colors I mixed yesterday have your encouraging influence “salting” them. When I begin to paint the spring azaleas today, I will think of you and smile. Take care. We send much love.
      Barbara Morgan

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