Last month we mentioned Venus and her son by a human man. That son was said to have been an ancestor of Julius Caesar.
Venus (Aphrodite) had a lot of lovers, and this month we have a picture of one of them, Adonis. She really liked him (because she had been pricked by an arrow from the quiver of her son, Eros). She became despondent when Adonis was killed by a wild boar.
Anyhow, in this picture we see Adonis sitting on her lap getting a shoulder rub, and probably a back scratch. That got me to thinking . . . isn't this the sort of relationship any of us would like to have with whatever deity we worship? Wouldn't we like God Almighty to scratch our back?
Well, God is good to us . . . that's what the 23rd Psalm is about. ("The Lord is my shepherd . . .")
However the Bible makes it clear that God made us for a purpose. We have responsibility to care for other people and to care for God's world. We don't spend our lives sitting on God's lap getting our shoulders rubbed!
This sketch is from a Greek vase in Florence. I found it in an old book: Buschor, Ernst (tr. G. C. Richards). Greek Vase-Painting. London: Chatto and Windus, 1921, plate XCI, opposite p. 151.
Since this book is in the public domain in the USA, you can use this picture any way you desire.