With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Watercolor for Show and Tell Friday

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Watercolor for Show and Tell Friday

I love this watercolor. It was done by our daughter Jill during one of her home schooled high school years. I love the soft colors and the glow of the little church in the snow.
Learning to paint with watercolors is on my "bucket" list :)

The little church of Long Ago, where as a boy I sat
With mother in the family pew and fumbled with my hat--
How I would like to see it now the way I saw it then,
The straight-backed pews, the pulpit high, the women and the men
Dressed stiffly in their Sunday clothes and solemnly devout,
Who closed their eyes when prayers were said and never looked about--
That little church of Long Ago, it wasn't grand to see,
But even as a little boy it meant a lot to me.
The choir loft where father sang comes back to me again;
I hear his tenor voice once more the way I heard it when
The deacons used to pass the plate, and once again I see
The people fumbling for their coins, as glad as they could be
To drop their quarters on the plate, and I'm a boy once more
With my two pennies in my fist that mother gave before
We left the house, and once again I'm reaching out to try
To drop them on the plate before the deacon passes by.
It seems to me I'm sitting in that high-backed pew, the while
The minister is preaching in that good old-fashioned style;
And though I couldn't understand it all somehow I know
The Bible was the text book in that church of Long Ago;
He didn't preach on politics, but used the word of God,
And even now I seem to see the people gravely nod,
As though agreeing thoroughly with all he had to say,
And then I see them thanking him before they go away.
The little church of Long Ago was not a structure huge,
It had no hired singers or no other subterfuge
To get the people to attend, 'twas just a simple place
Where every Sunday we were told about God's saving grace;
No men of wealth were gathered there to help it with a gift;
The only worldly thing it had--a mortgage hard to lift.
And somehow, dreaming here to-day, I wish that I could know
The joy of once more sitting in that church of Long Ago.
Cindy of My Romantic Home has lots more Show & Tell Friday Posts!


Susan said...

Lovely picture.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

What a sweet picture and that your daughter painted it is even more precious!


Leslie said...

that is beautiful...she is very talented

Lady Farmer said...

I really like the poem and the painting by your daughter is a treasure to bring out each Christmas!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Wow, she did an amazing job! I think water colors are really hard to work with so I'm really impressed!

Jane said...

Beautiful! Your daughter's painting is so special...What a wonderful treasure to bring out each Christmas!

Jane (artfully graced)

The B's said...

Oh, what a sweet painting! And the poem is just right. =)

Mildred said...

What a sweet poem and the painting by your daughter is just lovely. I always enjoy your show & tell Friday post. Have a nice weekend.

grey like snuffie said...

Beautiful. I don't have a bucket list...but painting would be high on it I suppose...although it would be divine intervention if anything came out looking good. :o)

Liz said...

You should be very proud or that watercolor! She did a wonderful job. Your story is great too. Thank you for sharing it with us!


PS I'm having a give away. Come by and see me.

Hootin' Anni said...

Your daughter has done one excellent job.

My Show n Tell is a gift to me from years ago...ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

What a wonderful keepsake you have in that picture! I loved the poem!

Have a great day!

My Grama's Soul said...

What a wonderful keepsake you have in that watercolor. It is something that will bring you wonderful memories year after year.

Your poem was exquisite!

Blessings to you,


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a lovely treasure!

Angie @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

How special!! :)

Elizabeth G. said...

Brava! For the beautiful, peaceful watercolor and also for sharing the lovely poem. It made me quite nostalgic.

I do so hope your Christmas Season is a wonderful one.

God bless!

The Watts Family said...

Beautiful picture and wonderful poem I really enjoyed that ~Blessings and Merry Christmas Heather ;)

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What a beautiful painting!!! And the poem was just as beautiful. Makes me long for the days I sat in church listening to my father preach when I was a little girl. Very nice.

Abounding Treasures said...

Just beautiful!!!

What a very special treasure to have as it must remind you of your daughter every time you look at it :i)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a treausre you have in this painting. Your daughter certainly has a gift. The poem was beautiful. Thank you for swinging in and saying hello. Pop in any 'ole time... Happy Holidays, hugs ~lynne~

Tara said...

Lovely! I took a few watercolor classes, but didn't do so well at it. It looks so easy, but it isn't. I am going to try my hand at it again though. I have done some small paintings with watercolor pencils. That is fun! Give it a try first.
Great poem too.
Hugs, Tara


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