Pausing for a while to look over the wall and look up to the Coalport incline, it’s difficult to imagine this as the busy centre of industry it once was. The incline was built to transport heavy goods from one canal to another. Now it remains as a reminder of those who worked here and of the difficult challenges which they faced.
Though it was daylight when we walked here, the painting is in moonlight, giving the snowy scene an almost dreamlike quality.
As you look into the painting, what do you notice? What do you feel?
Look up to the top of the incline; what do you see? What do you feel?
As you read these words of Jesus, what is your response?
…..Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:29-30
Painting – Andy PL Smith; reflections – Paula Smith