Wednesday, December 2, 2009

First Wednesday of Advent....December 2



As we fix our attention on Jesus
and the manger this Advent,
let's also turn our gaze
to the final home
He has prepared for us--heaven.




Here is the meaning of the German words on this card:

"BETHLEHEM
"Love of one's fellow men, a sacrificial spirit, self-surrender: This is the life of the shepherd.
"Docility, trust, faithfulness: This is the life of the flock."


Thanks John.

9 comments:

diddleymaz said...

Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.
“Now they are all on their knees1,”
An elder said as we sat in a flock
By the embers in hearthside ease.

We pictured the meek mild creatures where
They dwelt in their strawy pen,
Nor did it occur to one of us there
To doubt they were kneeling then.

So fair a fancy few would weave
In these years! Yet, I feel,
If someone said on Christmas Eve,
“Come; see the oxen kneel

“In the lonely barton2 by yonder coomb3
Our childhood used to know,”
I should go with him in the gloom,
Hoping it might be so.



Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Micki said...

diddleymaz - Lovely

Anonymous said...

Thankyou, Micki, for the beautiful holy card and thankyou, diddleymaz, for the lovely poem!

Diane S.

diddleymaz said...

not me Thomas Hardy. just had to share as its what i thought of as soon as I saw the pic for today!It is an old tradition that all the animals kneel at Christs feet as he is born at midnight on Chritmas eve.

Gardenia said...

the card is beautiful. in real life, is the blanket really such a bright pink Micki? and I love the Thomas Hardy poem. how appropriate that the animals too should kneel.

Micki said...

diddleymaz - I love the visual of all the animals kneeling before the Christ Child. You gave us a wonderful poem. Thanks.

Gardenia - Regarding the pink coloring. I'm sure that was the result of some artist back then...they did lots of hand-painting to these cards also. All I can say is....I didn't do it :-)

diddleymaz said...

Pink used to a boys colour!

Micki said...

Diddleymaz - Still looks good on "boys"......especially in the Sun Belt (In the US those are the hot states :-)

Anonymous said...

Friends,

Here is the meaning of the German words on this card:

"BETHLEHEM
"Love of one's fellow men, a sacrificial spirit, self-surrender: This is the life of the shepherd.
"Docility, trust, faithfulness: This is the life of the flock."

John