Saturday, February 4, 2012

Gentle Comfort

So many of our friends are in the midst of trials right now: the loss of loved ones or illness,  financial difficulties or broken relationships. These images and thoughts are especially for those who are hurting today. May God's love light shine on you and give you strength and comfort.

"Beautiful light is born of darkness, so the faith that springs from conflict is often the strongest and the best." -- R. Turnbull





It was a happy thought to bring 
To the dark season's frost and rime 
This painted memory of spring, 
This dream of summertime.

John Greenleaf Whitter -- From his poem "Flowers in the Winter"






As lilies fair from the foul mud grow, 
So oft it is with good men below;
In daily life they absorb the pure,
And the adverse elements endure;
And rise, through grace, to a higher sphere,
Their hearts in heaven, and their root down here.

Joseph Horatio Chant from his poem "Water Lily"
Watercolor by artist Dennis Reinke


Nancy
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29 comments:

  1. Thank you! We have many trials right now and you words and photos are a comfort.
    Blessings to you!

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  2. Thank you, Jenny. I will be praying for you.

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  3. Thank you Nancy for visiting my blog and the sweet comment. I am now your newest follower.
    ~Clara

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  4. How nice of you to think of others on this day, Nancy. Your photos are just lovely and the watercolor is gorgeous! What a pretty post today.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. I hope you're having a blessed day.

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  5. Well, I've read the quotes and looked at the beautiful pictures and watercolor several times now. This has been a tough week, and your entry was just the right food my soul needed. Thank you, Nancy

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    1. You're in my thoughts and prayers, my friend. Actually thought of you as I posted this. God bless.

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  6. What a beautiful pink post. LOve the roses and the painted lily + the verses to go with them.
    Happy pink Saturday

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    1. Thank you Riet. And thanks for stopping by. God bless you.

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  7. Welcome to Pink Saturday, Nancy. I am so glad you joined us, and I hope you will continue.

    Your post is beautiful. I feel the spirit of love and peace. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. My pleasure, Beverly. I really enjoyed Pink Saturday and will be back. God bless.

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  9. Beautiful photos and rhymes. I like the composition of the photos. The watercolor is lovely. :-)

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  10. Well, I guess I'm one of the few 'lucky ones'...I don't ponder on loss, or trials...I live for the day. And your images gives ANYone comfort. Beautiful

    My Monday post is: SPRINGTIME in South TEXAS Do hope you can find a little time to stop by with a 'howdy'!!!

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    1. Love your post. Really beautiful photography. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  11. thanks for your lovely weekend flowers! :)

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  12. These are stunning photographs ... and the quote powerful.

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    1. Thank you, Eric. And thanks for taking the time to stop by. Blessings.

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  13. Beautiful compositions.

    Regards and best wishes

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    1. Thank you Tatjana. Your photography is great.

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  14. Thank you, Tatjana, for taking the time to visit and comment. God bless.

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  15. These are all very nice. I really like the single petal on the snow.

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    1. I like that one, too. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Much appreciated.

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  16. I absolutely love the tiny petal in the snow. What a gorgeous image.

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    1. thank you, Kala. Sometimes less is more, right? I love your gorgeous photography.

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  17. very creative work nancy, i liked the shots and the slight post processing makes it even nicer!

    and thank you for contributing to Saturday Sareenity.

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    1. My pleasure Rohit. Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity you have given blogging photographers around the world to show their work. I've already met some great people through your site. God bless.

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