My friends in Florida own Ceramics Fanatics & Addicted Artists. When they first opened up I painted a simple square ceramic plate using a photograph from NASA to paint a black hole on it. It turned out okay but I knew I could do better so I went back and chose, for some odd reason, to experiment again on a butter dish. It turned out much better.
Now I live in Montgomery, Alabama. I had seen a little ceramic shop a few streets over from where I CrossFit when Lo and Behold! The shop moved into the little shopping plaza right next to the Box. The family who owns the business is absolutely delightful. They are totally customer service oriented, very friendly and extremely knowledgeable.
Finally, I had the opportunity to go make a little something for someone for Christmas. Hope it turns out the way I want it to, that I have the paint just right and the firing goes well because this plate has a #LightTheWorld story behind it.
Literally. It is on the backside of the plate. (tee-hee)
Yesterday I had the opportunity to sing in our Church service. The piece I chose wasGesù Bambino by Pietro Yonwith the Frederick H. Martens translation, although I sang the first chorus in the orignal Italian. It is such a simple, beautiful hymn paying tribute to the sweet, humble birth of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Just like the brightly shining star guided the Wise Men to where the Christ Child lay, we use the#LightTheWorld suggestionsto act as our compass, guiding us with ideas for simple acts of Christlike love and service to others. Our actions, whether seen or unseen, become part of the #25Days25Ways “grateful chorus swell” that “acclaim His name.”
For truly as we adore others in Christlike service, we are showing that we truly “adore Him, Christ the Lord.”
Right before we, the Honey-do and I, left to go visit some elderly single sisters from Church, we got a most wonderful telephone call from our friend Jim, who lives in another state. It has been ages since last speaking with him. He was returning my voicemail message from a couple of weeks ago.
We got to talk about his late wife, Helen, and all of the changes he has been through in this past year. Amazing things are still happening in his life even though he has lived ten years, to this day, as a widower. And yet, what a joyful conversation we had filled with incredible memories.
It was in Ohio that we got to know Jim and Helen. We got to know them through our Church many years ago. They, being older and wiser, became great mentors and friends. We were so thankful when we had the opportunity give service back to them when they both had chemotherapy on the same week, Jim in Columbus and Helen closer to home.
The incredible joy that comes from thinking back as to how things were and to see how things have gone forward in life for Jim is overwhelming and wonderful. The Lord’s tender mercies are truly immeasurable.
Jim and Helen became family to us. Even though she has passed on we still feel connected to Jim, knowing that this life is the testing ground, that we will see our Helen again.
Although we do not connect often, we connect often enough to stay in each other’s lives in order to celebrate change, to grieve over losses, and to accept the things that never change.
In our Church’s hymnal, at the bottom righthand corner of every hymn is a scripture reference. For example, on the English version of Franz Gruber’s SILENT NIGHT, the scriptures listed for that hymn areLuke 2:7-14andAlma 7:10-12.
Just saw a post on my Facebook page about a little gift I had given to my friend for her family. It made me smile because I had forgotten about doing that but what a little happy thought, a kindly gesture of gratitude to #LightTheWorld that I live in.
I have the exact same thing only I have not put out my Christmas decorations this year. Just have not gotten around to it.