Now before I go one bit further my wife has already criticised this painting because I have only the man holding the girl. I did not agree because she was in fact the one holding the umbrella so how could she also hold him? But everybody has an opinion and who am I to disagree? Maybe I got it wrong.
I called this one, "Cold days and warm thoughts." Strange to be painting a snow scene when I am sitting out in the sun. Yesterday I went for walk with my wife in the afternoon. At about the three mile mark we came to a fork in the road, I proceeded to head to the right she wanted to go onwards and to the left. She was convinced that was the way back to our van. I was equally convinced that she was very wrong. I got out google maps and asked it to give me directions to my van having put in what I was told was the address. It told me I had 39.5 miles to go. The long and the short of it is that after another four miles I was proven to have made the correct decision about the way of travel.
As we walked we passed a little church that reminded me of one of the very last churches I preached in. I still remember it very well because when I turned up there were only about 12 people in the congregation, the normal Sunday turnout. Being used to preaching to large numbers I looked and remember asking myself if it was worth the bother. I still feel bad about having that thought.
There is a story of a minister having the same thoughts.