During Lent, I read a reflection by the writer and retreat leader, Brian Draper where he wrote: “The Hebrew word used to describe God’s compassion – raham – also means ‘womb’.” — What a thought! It caught my imagination and tugged at my heart. I spent the next half an hour dwelling on that interplay of words, as I drew this image. I was reminded of the way my wife had suffered with the pregnancies of our two children — resulting in her being hospitalised during both those times. I also considered how God’s compassion for us, is a nurturing mother-like compassion. And then this thought began to form as we headed toward Holy Week:
This drawing and its process is a meditation on compassion. As I returned to the image at the end of Lent I responded with these words:
And now in this week following Resurrection Sunday, I think again — the nurturing womb — compassion meaning to suffer together with… — the place from which new life is bought into the world.