The winter solstice begins on 21 December and this year we soon realised that Old Man Winter had arrived. To date there have been many mornings I have awoken, looked out my window, and seen the patterns that Jack Frost has left behind.
Looking through this window tells me how cold it is outside. I take the warning to heart and bundle up warmly when I step outside. Brrr! When I see these beautiful patterns on my window, I know that I am in for a cold experience outside.
The windows we have looking out onto the world can be made to look interesting: the fabric we choose to surround them with can be rich and colourful; flowers can be placed near them to enhance the look; sofas can be placed near them to encourage one to look out and daydream.
The type of window I do admire the most, though, is the stained glass window made in years gone by. The aim of the window is not to encourage one to look out; instead it encourages one to reflect on the scene being presented. In the big cathedrals, many stories are told by the artist within the glass. When we visited some of the churches in Mauritius, I was surprised to see that even some of the smaller churches have these colourful windows. At the one church in particular, I admired the windows that surround the Virgin Mary.
The light shining through the glass enhanced the spirituality the artist had focused on.
Do you enjoy looking at stained glass windows in churches?