Christmas is still going strong here in Poland!
Every parish we've been to in Krakow - EVERY PARISH - has a nativity scene...and they're all still up!
Here's our small local church, with their huge timber manger and live Christmas trees over the altar.
No wonder the church is always packed!
What am I painting you ask?! A Christmas nativity. I wasn’t planning on painting these this year, but when a friend requests it you say of course ☺️. I’m totally okay with it I could do Christmas all year. It’s my favorite holiday. What’s y’alls favorite holiday?
Christmas night 2017, family and I found ourselves standing before this #nativityscene in #havana#cuba Going into this trip I was exhausted. Work, life, US politics - all of it weighed heavy. Normally optimistic and joy filled, i often found myself in 2017 feeling angry, sad, and uncomprehending the rhetoric, hatefulness, and what I experience as sheer ugliness. Standing before the nativity I felt my breath catch in my throat - the sheer audacity of God in terms of love, grace, and mercy. What feels like a forest fire of competing values has awakened us to what we can lose and many are now wide awake. Relationships, community, and the life we create together are all that matters. Standing in this plaza I felt the weight lift, overjoyed to share this with family, optimistic that collectively we can create communities filled with art, conversation, and respect. To a wonderful 2018
Цікавим атрибутом Різдва є шопка, макет з фігурками, що зображає біблійну сцену в вифліємській стайні у час народження Христа. Традиція до України прийшла з Європи, а саме з південної Італії. Першу різдвяну шопку встановили в 1223 році в м.Греччо.
Побачив сьогодні таку шопку-вертеп у храмі Василя Великого, біля якої хочеться зупинитися і що надихає на певні роздуми.
“..e stasera non trovo le parole..mi sono preoccupata tanto..tantissimo..non sapere è una cosa angosciante..calcolare il tempo che poteva servire e vedere che era passato da un po’..fare congetture.. sbirciare in qua’ è la per cercare qualche segno..poi il tuo messaggio e si riprende a respirare..non importa la preoccupazione,la tachicardia..tu stai bene..il resto non ha più importanza..stai bene ed è questa l’unica cosa che conta..stai bene e vorrei solo abbracciarti..”
Where was Jesus today? Jesus was at Matthews Senior Living in Neenah, WI as three of these Nativity Scenes were given to three great-grandchildren of one if my residents. It all began as a resident noticed a young girl near our table. "Honey, would you like a picture of the Nativity? You know a picture of when Jesus was born." The next thing I knew all three kids had one! Jesus was present through these residents to teach the lesson of how simple it can be to share one's belief in God's love in Jesus and we are never too old, too sick, or too filled with ailments to share God's love in Jesus! Thank you to my residents for always touching my heart! #activitydirector#wherewasjesus#nativity#nativityscene#cbrf#seniorliving#evangelism#faith#love