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Thankfulness Mondays – Our Hope

Week 43 (of 52) posting each week along with Bernadette of Haddon Musings and others, of things great and small that we have to be thankful for.  Maybe in doing do we can change some of the negative factors around, and be a reason for the encouragement of others.

Along with other Christians this week, we celebrated Easter Sunday. There are so many denominations of Christianity and each one of them, while we may choose to worship in a different manner,  we have one thing in common, and that is, ‘Jesus Christ.’

We had dinner with one of our sons and wife and grandson; the other deciding to go to their cottage for the weekend; and our daughter being in the States spending it with friends.

No matter how many Easters there have been, it’s always a time to remember the price paid on our behalf, by a baby born in Bethlehem who grew to be a man, and died on a cross.

 

I am very thankful for God’s love sent to us, in the person of Jesus Christ.

One of my first attempts at painting almost 3 years ago…but seems appropriate!

 

Good Friday – Poem

I wrote this a couple of years ago, but sharing it again.

 

Good Friday

Today is called ‘Good’ Friday

The day our Saviour died

So why do we call ‘good’ this day

This, we must decide

That day 2000 years ago

He could have been set free

Instead the crowd, yelled “crucify’

So Pilate had to agree

Jesus that day, put on the cross

Though sin He never knew

Instead He gave His life

For others…me and you

All we must do is believe that fact

And turn to Him each day

Our sins forgiven, once we ask

That’s why it’s called ‘GOOD FRIDAY’

 

Thankfulness Monday – He’s Moving On – Poem

This is week 29 (of 52) participating with Bernadette of Haddon Musings posting about just everyday things to be thankful for, offsetting the many negative areas of life.

Today at church, we had to say good-bye to our Minister who is moving to the west coast of Canada. He’s going to a church in British Columbia, and while that is sad, I am thankful for the short time we knew him. He was very caring and warm, and when we changed churches just over a year ago I had listened to a sermon online and liked what I heard. There was a luncheon today, and I had written a poem for him, and since there were some other acknowledgements, he asked if I would like to read it. This is the poem I wrote.

GOD GO WITH YOU – REV. JOHN January 2017

While we’ve not known you very long

It’s been long enough to say,

That it was because of you,

We came to Knox one day

 

The love of God our Father

And of His only Son

And of the Holy Spirit

In this church we know they’re ‘One’

 

You’ve always centered Christ

In the sermons you have preached

Much for all to think about

Strong faith for us to reach

 

You’ve heeded God’s call

To move to a new church home

And though we’re sad to see you leave

We know you’re not alone

 

For God will prepare the way

And will be there as you depart

Just know our prayers are with you

       And you’ll remain within our hearts

 

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Thankfulness Mondays – Whew !

This is Week 28 (of 52) posting with Bernadette of Haddon Musings  for things to be thankful for in our lives to offset the negative areas we face in the world each and every day.

While I love this Christmas time of the year with all that is entailed in it I am thankful to get back into the routine of daily living.

I love the decorations, the writing of Christmas cards, shopping for a gift for our loved ones…. and of course the realization of Christ’s birth. I’ve noticed that the later generations don’t send cards much anymore. I suppose with the electronic age of computers, phones and Ipads, greetings are sent that way. I know it’s the thought that counts, but to me, I still love getting a card in the mail box. It also costs quite a bit to mail them, but old habits and traditions are hard to change, at least as long as I am able.

All of that together, with the extra visiting of friends and family, it does take a toll. I suppose more so as we get older. I don’t remember being this tired during our younger age.

So the tree is down, everything back in place; leftover turkey in the fridge, and things are back to normal. While I don’t know what the next year will hold, I will move on and meet the challenges ahead with God’s help.

I wish you all blessings in 2017!   (Diane)

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Christmas Day (night) curled up on the couch, a little tired but happy to have spent with family in the States

 

Thankfulness Mondays – Christmases Past

Week 26 (of 52) joining Bernadette of Haddon Musings, with her suggestion of posting for a year, of things large and small to give thanks for.

I was looking through some picture today and came across this one, and it reminded me of so many “Christmases Past’, and of all the ones we have been able to share. I am thankful for the memories instigated by photos kept over the years.

Taken in 1960

Taken in 1960

This picture was taken the first Christmas after we met. I was all of 15 and he 19… an older man! I know that would seem far too young nowadays for a serious relationship, but I guess we were older back then for our age. It’s been over 56 years (53 years married) that we have seen come and go. I know it’s common to ask where the time has gone and it doesn’t seem possible, that our family is now grown up and have children and one even a grandchild.

Those first years of raising them we ensured they knew the real meaning of Christmas, while allowing a little fantasy about Santa. I know that many Christians don’t believe that Santa should be part of Christmas, but he was never lifted up as being equal in importance as was Jesus, and that it was His birthday we celebrated.

Each of them in turn came to the realization as they grew older, that Santa was indeed a bearded man in a red suit but when confronted by them if he was real or not,  we let them in on the little secret. It was cute to watch the older ones ensure that the younger siblings did not find out that secret, ‘too soon’.

My husband and I still put up the crèche he made when our kids were very small, out of bits of wood and a little paint that we had on hand.

It just wouldn’t be the same without it!

Nativity creche made 40 years ago and which we still use today....

Nativity creche made over 50 years ago and which we still use today….

 

“Good Friday” – Poem

I wrote this and posted it last year, and am re-blogging it with my humble attempt with a painting of Jesus….. Diane

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IMG_1455Tomorrow is called ‘Good’ Friday
The day our Saviour died
So why do we call ‘good’ this day
This, we must decide
That day 2000 years ago
He could have been set free
Instead the crowd, yelled “crucify’
So Pilate had to agree
Jesus that day, put on the cross
Though sin He never knew
Instead He gave His life
For others…me and you
All we must do is believe that fact
And turn to Him each day
Our sins forgiven, once we ask
That’s why it’s called ‘GOOD FRIDAY’

By Diane

 

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Merry Christmas to All – Poem

Who Is This Child

Who is this child called Jesus

Will He be in your home this year

Will He be a part of your day

Part of your Christmas cheer?

As you wrap up all the presents

To give to those you love

Will He be one you give to them

That brings peace from God above?

For that’s what Christmas is you know

Beyond the gifts, and Christmas tree

The kiss beneath the mistletoe

Whatever it will be….

Enjoy the turkey or the ham

And gladness on this Christmas ‘eve’

I wish you joy, I wish you love

And of course the peace…. When you believe!

Merry Christmas and Love

Diane xxx