Hope on my desktop

One of my favorite websites is Smashing Magazine.  It’s an online magazine/blog for graphic designers and other people who are very, very good at doing really cool things on computers.  I am neither of these, but I still enjoy it.

One of my favorite things about Smashing Magazine is that it releases monthly collections of free desktop wallpaper.  This month’s collection includes a beautiful design called “Hope,” which both lovely and actually quite pertinent to the theme of this blog.  It was designed by a Christian graphic artist named Abigail Paul.  You can download the wallpaper in various sizes here (it’s the third one down), but here’s a preview…


Here’s the artist’s commentary on the piece (from Smashing Magazine):

As autumn arrives here in the northern hemisphere, we are reminded of the fragility and brevity of life. Yet the brilliant colors of nature, even in death, are a beacon of HOPE — a sure sign that after the cold and death of winter we will experience a new beginning.

If you can’t see it, the text over the picture is a quote from C. H. Spurgeon: “Knowest thou not that day follows night…that spring and summer succeed winter?  Hope thou then!  Hope thou ever!  For God fails thee not.” *

Amen!  It can be so hard to remember, even to really believe (for me, anyway), but this beautiful quote is very true.  And it is worth bearing in mind when thinking about things like poverty, violence, and disease.  So…hope thou then, hope thou ever! **


* Like many of the other wallpapers in the Smashing Magazine collection, this comes in two versions, one with a calendar, and one without.  In the one version, an October ’09 calendar takes the place of the quote,  so if you like the quote, go with the calendar-free version.

** Geeky English-major moment: You just don’t get beautiful inversions like that nowadays, except maybe from Yoda…who, let’s face it, pretty much crushes the poetry right out of unconventional word order.


~ by h.e.g. on October 1, 2009.

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