I pulled out this old card and added some picnik words to let you all know
how much you mean to me...
This silk screened card was our family Christmas card - made when I was 15 years old... oh that was way too long ago to remember - except that I do have one memory of it... I laid the cards out to dry on our dryer in the garage and Cedric, our brown tabby with a white tummy, decided they would be good to take a cat snooze on- so he had pink paws and tummy until his hair grew out... a pink and brown tabby is actually quite a nice color combo.
I think it's kind of funny that we display glass ornaments
enclosed in jars with the lids tightly shut.
it makes them seem shut away from the world and
safely ensconced so they don't get hurt.
but then they don't get to illuminate the world with their beauty -
their purpose for being -
to bring a smile to a young child's face...
makes me wonder if we are hiding our talents and gifts
from the world -
setting them in glass jars with tightly closed lids?
... reminds me of Matthew 5:14 -
You are the light of the world...
let your light shine before men...
all that beauty hidden away and instead
it should bebubbling up and overflowing
(just like this bowl) and spreading its gorgeousness
throughout the world.
Don't you think?
what if we each shared our gifts, and we each have different ones,
so whether yours is baking your favorite cookies for the grouchy neighbor,
or helping someone carry boxes into the extremely crowded post office,
or making a homemade present for a loved one,
or just smiling at someone who needs it during this busy holiday season -
let your light shine on those around you.
our pastor shared a story last week about his neighborhood. there has been road construction there for over a year. and he was on his way to work, and feeling like he had a lot on his agenda, when he drove by the young woman who has been the flagger there. it was very cold and she was shivering. he waved at her and drove by, then heard this little voice saying "go back". he listened and turned around and went back and asked her what kind of latte or mocha she would like (remember this is Seattle). so he went to Starbucks (again - they are all over), took an extra 20 minutes out of his busy day, and as he drove back to deliver the much needed cup of hope - he could see her jumping up and down and dancing for joy. how cool (or warm) is that! thanks for inspiring us Reid with your faithfulness.
may I bring that abundant joy to many this advent season!
again these magazine photos are from my holiday stash so I can't give credit.
I had fun changing them with picnik and photoshop.
gotta say I am feeling a little like this photo...
being pulled in too many different directions
and feeling a little scattered -
no decorations are up here yet,
and I am just trying to get through the daily doings
and not ready to add any extra doings...
makes me feel sad.
and that is not what I want to feel during advent.
I have not had my blog fix lately
and I am missing all of your creative inspirations,
and no art is being created other than creating projects for the students to do
(don't get me wrong - I love that)...
but I just am feeling a lack of excitement,
and it's the first time ever that I don't really care to decorate.
am I getting old? or
maybe it's because our oldest isn't coming home,
or that fact that it seems like sickness always hits me
hard this time of year,
but whatever it is I want it to leave me right now,
so I declare in my loudest voice - 'out bah humbugs'.
I am still having fun with picnik so you may find lots
of altered photos this month.
this one is from my files so I can't give credit - sorry.
expect photos from me and I think I will be quiet most of the month
unless I have something just wonderful to say.
last year I posted everyday
so visit last year's posts if you need more from me.
maybe it's just my time to be quiet and introspective.
isn't that what advent is all about?
the waiting and hope to come...
The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate.