Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

Sunset, Dawrin NT - on my September break

Prayer of St Francis 'Canticle of the Sun'

Be praised, my Lord, through all Your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and You give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of You, Most High, he bears the likeness.
Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars;
in the heavens You have made them bright, precious and beautiful.
Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
and clouds and storms, and all the weather,
through which You give Your creatures sustenance.
Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Water; she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.
Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom You brighten the night. He is beautiful and cheerful, and powerful and strong.
Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth, who feeds us and rules us, and produces various fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Be praised, my Lord, through those who forgive for love of You; through those who endure sickness and trial.
Happy those who endure in peace, for by You, Most High, they will be crowned.

I recently read this prayer over at Simplicity Collective and was moved by the wonder and praise for the most fundamental and everydayness of our lives. I want this to be my prayer for this christmas day.

In this year where I have tried to focus on simplicity, I have learnt much, and yet much more to learn. I have travelled some this year, although not overseas, and some of the highlights of my travels have been the wonders of the creation of God.

I share with you these memories as my Christmas Gift. If you can find it in your heart - be thankful.

Products from my Garden

Happy Lettuce

Newcastle Harbour at sunset

Hawkesburry River

Wollongong Harbour

St Kilda Beach

St Kilda Community Garden

Melbourne Botatic Gardens

Melbourne Botanic Gardens - visitors to my rest

Christmas at Melbourne Botanic Gardens

Sunrise at Litchfield National Park, NT


Brona said...

Beautiful photos you have a lovely balanced composition in all of them.
Merry Christmas

skiourophile said...

Merry Christmas Tamara - I hope your day was filled with wonders and delights.

Meredith said...

It is so important to be thankful, and, to praise Him. What a lovely prayer you posted in the top! May you have a blessed New Year, as I didn't arrive in time to wish you a Merry Christmas.

JoAnn said...

Each one of these photos has brought a smile to my face - from the gorgeous colors and bounty of your garden to the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. You have been blessed this year!

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas... best wishes for the New Year.

Jeanie said...

This may be one of the most beautiful posts I've read, from the eloquent prayer to the great gifts you have experienced over the year.

Indeed, a special and thoughtful year and I think a lovely Christmas.

I send all good wishes for a beautiful new year, thanks for your visits and lovely posts. Indeed, thankful.