Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Surprise

My sister-in-law sent me this photo recently.
To me
it's a metaphor for a
sweet and simple faith.
A Nativity Scene was erected in a church yard. During the night people walking by came across this scene: An abandoned dog was looking for a comfortable, protected place to sleep. He chose baby Jesus as his comfort. No one had the heart to send him away so he was there all night. We should all have the good sense of this dog and find comfort in Jesus. God is smiling as we realize that the dog's breed is a "shepherd!"

I read this psalm this morning and it's another wonderful 
Christmas Surprise.
This psalm adds even more to what I think of and feel as I see the photo of the shepherd puppy.

Psalm 91
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the Lord, who is my refuge—
then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

Dear Friends and Family,
May you all find lasting comfort and shelter under His wings
dwelling in the shelter of the Most High.

ps.  I hope the puppy found its home ♥


Lori's page said...

Awww, how absolutely lovely, thanks Maria, love it. Not sure if you got my message, grateful if you could send me your email address, thank you very much, Lori (

Rebecca said...

Blessings to you my friend. I love this... A gentle reminder that God tends to His own...even in the animal world. Just precious.

Love to you~


Bela said...

That's how I feel whenever I face problems in life, sweet friend Maria!! In HIS arms!!! Thanks for the lovely words and image and message!! Love! Bela

Gloria said...

Oh my! I think this is the sweetest photo I have seen all Season! Very adorable!
The scripture you selected to go with it fits perfectly with it. A wonderful reminder of God's love to us...:)Beautiful!
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend my sweet friend!

xoxo Gloria

dcrelief said...

'Sweet and simple Faith', indeed!
Very precious; thank you for sharing this.
In peace, Dixie

Linda said...

Oh I hope he did too Maria. He looks just like the dog of my childhood - Shep.
I love your analogy. That really is a picture of perfect trust in the One who keeps us safe.
Thank you for this.

It's me said...

Thank you for these words....just when i needed them most !!!!....God is great !! love Ria...

"JeanneG" said...

Such a wonderful comforting photo. Thank you for sharing.

Anita said...

Maria, that is an amazing photo!! And I love that Psalm. I recently sent it to my niece, who has an ongoing illness. You always know what will touch people's hearts!! I hope you are doing well!!

Julie Harward said...

Oh my, that is the sweetest thing, poor little guy, I so hope he gets a home for Christmas! Thanks for sharing all of this, just beautiful :D

Dianne said...

Thank you, sweet friend, for sharing this. Psalm 91 is one of my favorites also.

Stay sheltered in Him!


koralee said...

Oh my sweet Maria...this brings tears to my eyes...what a sweet sweet heart is full...thank you for this...I will be praying that that sweet pup finds a home.

Love and hugs for a wonderful last week my friend. What a blessing you are! I just want to give you a great big HUG!


Hazelmarie Elliott (Mattie) said...

I was incredibly moved by this post. I, too, hope the dog finds a loving home. The picture is absolutely priceless, and Psalm 91 is inspiring, so beautiful to read...

And, Maria, thank you for keeping Mom's quote. I can't tell you how much that means to both of us.

Many blessings,

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Very very touching post, my friend. The picture is oh so adorable.
Here we are, off for the last week before the holidays. Have a happy week, not too much running. Do you celebrate at school in one way or the other? I enter school every morning in completely darkness {during the Advent season}. Just a few candles are lit in the big hall and the corridors. Soft singing in the kindergarten classrooms. In the big hall there is piano music, or violin or (children) choir, every day something different. All the classes listen in completely silence and after 10 minutes everyone walks to its classroom to start the day. Us parents, go home to start our day. A beautiful tradition! Francis' class is a most gorgeous room throughout the year, but during the Advent season it's extra beautiful. Francis soft singing, me delivering Celeste and cycling back home filled with lots of inner joy.
Have a most loveliest evening, sweet Maria xxxxx

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Maria~What a precious reminder that ALL Gods creatures seek comfort. I hope this sweet pup found a permanent home after this tender event.

Sweet wishes,