Friday, December 28, 2012

Holy Innocents

I have to admit this is a really
horrible hand!
It is supposed to be the 
But then he was writing till he was very old.
So this is a picture of his old, gnarled hand.

John - apostle of love
It was St. John's feast day yesterday.
He wrote in his gospel,
"We are writing this so our joy may be complete."
When JOY is shared,
it is completed.
When Joy is kept to ourselves,
something is lacking!
Take time to share JOY 
this Christmas season!
And who better to share it with
than children!

Today, December 28,
is the Feast Day of the Holy Innocents.
King Herod had hundreds of 
innocent children massacred
ostensibly to save his throne.

Macrobius (ca. AD 400), 
one of the last pagan writers in Rome,
in his book Saturnalia, wrote:
"When it was heard that,
as part of the slaughter of boys
up to two years old,
Herod, king of the Jews,
had ordered his own son to be killed,
the Emperor Augustus remarked,
"It is better to be Herod's pig than his son."

Massacre of the Holy Innocents
Ironically today 
countless, innocent unborn children
are being slaughtered legally.

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It was better to be a pig
than Herod's son
because Herod was a Jew 
and killing a pig was not kosher!
Today it is better to be an endangered animal
than a fetus in the womb!
Endangered animals are more protected,
aren't they?

Proverbs 4 says:
"Keep your heart with all diligence;
for out of it are the issues of life."

I thought it was time for a
Christmas Giveway.
Here's an ATC I made
and the design was made into a necklace.
Would you like to win the ATC and the necklace?

Every week I choose one wonderful visitor
who leaves a comment
to receive an ATC from me.

This week, random.org chose
#4, Sharon Evans of 
Sharon is from New Zealand 
and is my type of lady-
she uses her art to inspire and encourage!

I know it takes so much time and effort
to leave a comment
and I appreciate it so much!

23 comments:

  1. That picture with Rachel and the baby is beautiful...so hauntingly beautiful.

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  2. Beautiful work, Patsy! It's always SO refreshing to visit your blog. Thanks for sharing again at Word Art Wednesday!
    karen

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  3. Lovely art as usual! The hand looks interesting to me!
    HPPF !

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  4. Lovely works, the painting of Rachel is so beautiful and touching! HPPF!

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  5. Absolutely lovely...your joy post has spread the magic around :)
    Have a splendid 2013 :)

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  6. I think your hand is wonderful (or I should say his hand)! Hands are extremely tough in my opinion! Happy PPF!

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  7. Wonderful post and art!
    I loved what you wrote about experiencing Christmas through the eyes of children. :)
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF and Happy New Year!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  8. Hands are very hard to do - I used to cut them off at the bottoms of a drawing rather than try to draw one. That is a very difficult angle to draw. Wonderful post - I know many people take a much different stance on abortion - I am glad you are speaking out for the babies! Blessings and Happy PPF

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  9. Another lovely written post Patsy. Your painting of Rachel is so beautiful too. I'd love to win your atc and necklace.Happy PPF and Happy New Year!

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  10. Wonderful strong hand and lovely creations on this post ~ ^_^

    Happy New Year to You ~ A Creative Harbor aka ~ ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

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  11. Beautiful post...wonderful work! Happy PPF

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  12. What a thoughtful and thought-provoking post. May you and your family experience the joy of Christmas all year round.
    Love in Him,
    Laurie

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  13. LOVELY! God bless you!
    Happy 2013!

    xxx Susi

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  14. Love how you put the hand over scripture readings. Such a wonderful background to the piece!

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  15. Beautiful work, your ATC and neclace are beautiful

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  16. As always such lovely artwork and thoughtful words.

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  17. Patsy, thank you for sharing. Blessings.

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  18. You've certainly given us things to think about!

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  19. Your Rachel page is lovely!!

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  20. Beautiful paintings tell a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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I am so glad you dropped by! You are a blessing!
:^) Patsy