The baby waiting to break through the shell is unaware of the beauty of its outward appearance. By instinct it simply must break through to experience new life. Without breaking through, it will die.
Anita Mathias’ Francesco, Artist of Florence: The Man Who Gave Too Much is the story of a Florentine artisan skilled in the art of pietre dure, also referred to as the art of painting in stone. If “…a picture is a poem without words…” as Horace once said, than pietre dure is poetry in stone.
It’s the one who goes through the storms of life, withstanding all of the harshness and winds of difficulty, by leaning into the One who created all in an spectacular act of love…this is the one whose roots of faith grow deep and strong, in the unseen places of the heart.
I'm honored to have my short story, November Chill, published by Wild Violet Literary Magazine.
Even in loss, moments of joy pop up unexpectedly like wildflowers. It takes a focused eye to appreciate their beauty.