A RE-BLOG POST – Remain: A Lesson of Life

O Jennifer, what an outstanding story of doing the best you can for someone you love so dearly – a re-blog must that my readers will surely also love to read. Thank you for this gift.

God Thru the Arts

Portrait of Postman Roulin, 1888, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) oil on canvas, 25.2″ x 18.8″, Detroit Institute of Art. Image Source

Remain:A Lesson from the Life of Van Gogh’s Postman Friend

contributed by Adam R. Nettesheim

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! ~ Psalm 133:1

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”

Recently, our family welcomed a beautiful new baby. We’ve been doting over this beautiful new one and delighting in his little fingers and toes and… diaper fillings. Then, I got strep throat,and one by one the rest of the family (except for the baby) all came down with one thing and the other. We tried to avoid infecting each other with our various bugs but when you live together and love each other, sometimes that is going…

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AT THE FENCE

At the Fence Painting by Pierre Bonnard

ARTFUL WRITING

Mystified!  Seeing my French self at this fence resonating “la vie en Provence” – a happy life in France days gone by.  Bonnard painted the Mediterranean ambience with typical mustard yellow, green and black strokes.  But when I focus on his silhouette encased in black lines, just in a flash, it reminds me of the worst of trials, then the glow of the mustard yellow reverberates my golden redemption stories – those crucibles that have thus far strengthen and awaken me to beauty and peace.  There is fruitfulness in overcoming anything tragic.  Now my heart leaps for joy every day.

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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ELECTRIC SOUL”

Electric Soul Painting by  Lucid Being

ARTFUL WRITING

2020 is just 7 days young!

Once again, Lucid Being electrifies my inspiration.  Never mind the raw weather chilling my bones, I envision myself running through this vibrant meadow popping with bright spring colors and being intoxicated by flowery scents…I’m dreaming for spring!

What new goals are you thinking about to make your dreams come true?  Do you write them down and plan a strategy for a successful outcome?  What do you hope to accomplish this new year?

“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your new goals.  If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?”

–Roy Bennet

As for me, I’m taking stock of where I’ve been and what I’ve done…and Hope to do more, better…refine myself …and dream big!

 

EPIPHANY HOUSE BLESSING

Feast of The Three Magi to the Holy Family

“Today, the Magi gaze in deep wonder at what they see; heaven on earth, earth in heaven, man in God, God in man, one whom the whole universe cannot contain now enclosed in a tiny body.”

–St. Peter Chrysologus

The Epiphany house blessing is for everyone.  It is a tradition for the head of each household to write the year and CMB above the entrance door with chalk.  The letters  C, M and B represent the names of the Magi – Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar – and signify “May Christ bless this house.”  For 2020, it is written 20+C+M+B+20.  The + indicates the cross.

May you and your household be blessed with the Epiphany blessing for this new year.