Angels are “angles” of God’s consciousness and are sent to comfort, protect, guide, strengthen, teach, counsel and warn. Angels also minister to the needs of…
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“There is a land, where the roses are without thorns…” “In that land, there is eternal spring, and light without any cloud. The tree of life groweth in the midst thereof; rivers of pleasures are there, and flowers that never fade. Myriads of happy spirits are there, and surround the throne of God with a perpetual hymn. The angels with their golden harps sing praises continually, and the cherubim fly on wings of fire! This country is Heaven..." - Anna Laetitia Barbauld
“Angels come to help and guide us in as many guises as there are people who need their assistance. Sometimes we see their ethereal, heavenly shadow, bright with light and radiance. Sometimes we only feel their nearness or hear their whisper. And sometimes they look no different from ourselves.” - Eileen Elias Freeman
In The Voyage of Life, the 1st of a 4 part series of paintings, artist Thomas Cole portrays man in his childhood. All the important elements in the series are introduced here - the voyager, the angel, the river, and the expressive landscape. An infant is safely ensconced in a boat guided by an angel. The landscape is lush, calm and basking in warm sunshine which symbolizes the innocence and joy of childhood. The river is smooth and narrow, representing the sheltered experience of childhood.
In The Voyage of Life, the 2nd of a 4 part series of paintings, artist Thomas Cole portrays man in his youth. The Angel watches and waves as the youth takes control of the tiller of life. In the distance, a castle hovers in the sky, a white and ethereal destination that represents his ambitions and dreams. To the youth, the calm river seems to lead straight to the castle, but will ultimately become rough, choppy, and full of rocks.
In The Voyage of Life, the 3rd of a 4 part series of paintings, artist Thomas Cole portrays man as an adult who now faces the trials of life. The boat is damaged, the tiller gone and the river has become a rush of white water, menacing rocks, whirlpools, and surging currents. In the boat, the man no longer displays confidence or even control. The angel appears high in the sky, still watching over the man, who does not see the angel – he must rely on his faith that the angel is there to help him.
In The Voyage of Life, the final of a 4 part series of paintings, artist Thomas Cole portrays man as nearing the end of his earthly sojourn. The emotional waters around him are calm now and flow into eternity where his guardian angel points the way home to the light of the heaven world. Cole describes the scene: "The chains of corporeal existence are falling away; and already the mind has glimpses of Immortal Life."