Sunday, December 4, 2011

Making Joy

"I salute you! There is nothing I can give you which you have not, but there is much, that, while I cannot give, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven. No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant. Take Peace. The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet, within our reach, is joy. Take Joy.
And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you, with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away."

Fra Giovanni

Awhile back, while on one of my thrift shop excursions, I noticed a glittery little cardboard box. Being the curious soul that I am, I took a peek inside

A hidden treasure

Alas, no crib for a bed

Shall I play for Him? pa-rum-pa-pum-pum

Let ev'ry heart prepare him room

Make joy!

22 comments:

Susan said...

What a wonderful discovery - simply lovely. You played your best for Him. Thank you for sharing this.

Jodi said...

Susan, :) xx

Janie Fox said...

That is great. I love the baby Jesus. Love the manger you made. Love the glittery box. Great find!!

amy said...

love it. you are so creative and make me want to be more. so, whatcha gonna make me? :)

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

He was waiting to be found by you! What a beautiful manger you made.

Jodi said...

Amy, something pretty. For reals :)

Jodi said...

Kristi, Thank you! I thought he was waiting for me too. Just like the first time. Well met! :)

Leslie said...

you made him a beautiful manger :)

Leslie said...

p.s. and thank you for the quote and the prayer(s)...

Olivia said...

Oh, such beauty. I think this quote is a knew favorite!

Nancy said...

Take peace. I think of you every time I see my little sign that reads, "Be at peace." I imagine you humming (or singing out loud) to yourself while you were making the manger. I believe you took joy in the making. Love you.

Kit said...

Oh, I love that Fra Giovanni thingy! We listen to it every year on one of our Christmas Revels CDs. Do you know the Christmas Revels? I think you would like them...

Amy said...

Love the way you see things, and then share for our joy too! Thanks:)

emily wierenga said...

oh jodi, this quote, here, it's so perfect... do you mind if i copy/past it into my latest post about why i'm slowing down blogging for christmas? i love you friend.

Jodi said...

Sure you can, Emily! xx thank you.

Jodi said...

Kit, No, I haven't heard of Christmas Revels. I'll look them up. Thanks!

Emily said...

What an adorable manger! It reminds me of the fairy house you made.

P.S. I'm catching up on lots of commenting today, so expect to hear a lot from me on your previous posts too :)

Jodi said...

Thank you,Miss Essential <3

Joy Lake said...

I am glad you are so curious; this is a great find! And I love the little manger you made.

Sara said...

It's a beautiful manger you've made!

Anonymous said...

The baby Jesus looks so much more at home in your manger. He was waiting.
I always think of Advent as our waiting for the baby Jesus to come, but I see from this example how much He waits for us.

Beautiful work (play!)
Joan

Anonymous said...

awesome!!! that's the best find anyone could make! :D

mountain mama

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