Posted by: Beirne | December 28, 2011

A Gift From the Sea

This painting was a gift Stephen had given me a couple of years ago.  It usually hangs in the breakfast nook where it can be seen from the kitchen sink.  It is our “Ocean View” even though we are hundreds of miles from the Atlantic. Currently, this painting is on special exhibit at Progressive Insurance headquarters and has been there since before Christmas, and in a very special way, Stephen’s gift is being shared with hundreds of people.  Many years ago, I read Gift from the Sea and recently came across this quote, which so perfectly describes Stephen’s relationship with the sea, and his character-never greedy, always patient and faith-filled.

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.”Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

Stephen loved to be by the sea.  

He truly appreciated this gift from God, who is the ultimate giver of patience and faith. 


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