Merry Christmas

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas…

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And a season full of love, joy, peace and hope.

 

Easter Delights

Easter Delights I

Easter Delights I

Easter Delights II

Easter Delights II

Easter Delights III

Easter Delights III

Wishing  you a blessed and happy Easter!

The Joy of Wonder

Oh the joy to be found in a child’s wonder…

Joy in Wonder

Joy in Wonder

 

Happy Easter! I hope your day celebrating the wonder of the resurrection is a beautiful one!

The New Year

As the gates of 2013 close, I look forward to the vastness of opportunity that 2014 will afford and to the beauty to be discovered and captured.

Happy New Year!

 

Beauty and Vastness of Opportunity

Vastness and Beauty of Opportunity

 

Merry Christmas

The Reds and Greens of Christmas

Red of Christmas

Reds of Christmas

Greens of ChristmasGreens of Christmas

Reds and Greens of ChristmasReds and Greens of Christmas

Greens and Reds of ChristmasReds of Christmas

Reds with Greens of ChristmasReds with Greens of Christmas

Greens of ChristmasGreens of Christmas

Why red and green at Christmas?  The Catholic faith uses red as the color to represent Jesus because of his death on the cross and his blood that was shed for the sins of humanity.  Green is the color of nature, representing life, and therefore the hope of eternal life.

Lines

Lines

Life is composed of lines.

The lines are often distinct,

Distinct lines are definitive

Definitive lines are easy to follow.

Following definitive lines leads to a direct path

A direct path means clear thoughts, no interference.

Distinct Lines of LifeDistinct Lines of Life

But life is never consistently direct.

If life were consistently direct there would be no times of turmoil,

No times of doubt,

No times of indecision.

Blurred Lines of IndecisionBlurred Lines of Indecision

Blurred lines come into play.

Blurred lines distract along the way.

It’s the approach to blurred lines that determines

Whether we coil,

Or stand strong and press on.

When the soul stays strong,

And faith is relied upon,

The lines merge,

And become one,

An eternity

Of love.

Indistinct Lines MergingIndistinct Lines Merging

Generations of lines;

Lines of

love,

trust,

forgiveness,

And embraces,

That pass strength from one to the next

And grow the bonds

That come back,

Back to the eternity of love.

Generations of Lines Becoming OneGenerations of Lines Becoming One

The eternity of love

Which is Christmas.

copyright Robyn Graham

Life as a WholeLife as a Whole

Christmas Cactus Series – 2013

Endurance, Tolerance, and LoveEndurance, Tolerance and Love

“Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”- Oren Arnold

When Loved We Are Not AloneIn Love, We Are Not Alone

“I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.”- Taylor Caldwell

 

I would love to hear your thoughts on the black and white image.  I know the color image is striking, vibrant, and so happy, but what do you think about the black and white image of the Christmas Cactus?

Christmas Cactus Series – 2013

Christmas LoveChristmas Love

Christmas JoyChristmas Joy

 

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons.
It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” – Dr. Seuss

 

 

 

 

Christmas Cactus Series – 2013

Christmas HopeChristmas Hope

Christmas FaithChristmas Faith

The Legend of the Christmas Cactus

“LEGEND has it the Christmas Cactus dates back many years to the land now known as Bolivia and a Jesuit missionary, Father Jose, who labored endlessly to convert the natives there.  He had come across the Andes Mountains from the city of Lim nearly a year before.  But he felt the people of this village on the edge of the great jungle were still suspicious. He had cared for the sick and shown the natives how to improve their simple dwellings, which leaked dismally in the rainy season.  Most important, he had attempted to teach them the story of the Bible, especially the life of Jesus, though much seemed to be beyond their  comprehension.  He had told them about the beautifully decorated altars in cities during holidays, yet here it was Christmas Eve and he was on his knees alone in front of his rude altar. Then he heard voices singing a familiar hymn he had taught his flock.  He turned to see a procession of the village children carrying armfuls of blooming green branches (which we now know as the Christmas Cactus) that they had gathered in the jungle for the Christ Child. Father Jose joyfully gave thanks for this hopeful budding of Christianity.  Today the Christmas cactus still blooms each winter with its message of faith and hope.” – Santa Lives.com

Reference: Santa Lives

Subtle Beauty of Thankfulness

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Thankful for

Happiness and hugs

And basic

Necessities.

Kind hearts, and

Selfless souls.

Grace.

Individuals

Vivaciously

Influencing others through

Noble

Generosity.

copyright Robyn Graham

Beauty of Thanksgiving

Subtle Beauty of Thankfulness