Every once in a while - I get the feeling I was 'directed in someway' in the creation of these posts. No, I didn't hear a specific word or voice - but as I fiddle around with different things, reading scripture and quotes - changing photos - I am often amazed at how they turn out.
I didn't like this one to start out. I had a photo of a sparrow on a green background. I know I wanted to stick with a "birth of Christ' theme - and so I decided ... haphazardly (or so I thought) ... to use the scripture from Matthew - kind of thinking about the wise men. Eleanor Roosevelt's quote came next - as I thought about how often we give gifts truly from our hearts - but realize there are a few who could take a lesson in how to give a gift. I put the words on a red background. "Very Christmasy" Red and Green. But it wasn't working.
The bird photo wasn't quite making it work - so I thought I would look for another ornament shot. This is a little gold plated manger scene that hangs on our tree. We put a yellow light up thru the bottom and it gives it a pretty glow. I like the way the shadows came thru in the photo - and so put it next to the words in the project. I fiddled a bit with the colors and it was complete.
Jesus Christ - the greatest gift of all - did not come with trumpets blaring - in fact most of the world missed His coming and many are still waiting for His first arrival. But he did arrive in a dirty cave of a stable - with the smell of animal dung - being laid in a feeding trough - to a man and a woman known by few, whom God chose specifically for this purpose. HE was an amazing gift - given on a dark night in a strange and lowly place.
Eleanor Roosevelt's quote is a good one as we look at how God gave the greatest gift to the neediest of people - us - we should take a lesson from that!
I hope as we lead up to Christmas Day, that you are able to take some time to focus on the gift of all gifts - given by our creator - to enable a restoring of a relationship with Him. I am struggling a bit - still having to work this week - and having so much to do - these moments in the morning - seem to ground me - in what really matters.
Praying they do the same for you.