12.16.2012

Looking for the Baby in a Barn

As I travel around this season, I look for stars, most all seeming to have disappeared and replaced with reindeer, Santas, sparkly trees, and candy canes. It is a symbol of beauty and light and a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.  

So it was with happiness in my heart, when I found this very charming painting..... the soft neutral palette, quiet, still and solemn.  Simplistic as a child's drawing and with a storybook quality, it's a sweet reminder of the reason for the season.  I loved  the snowman shepherd and his flock gazing at the sky, seeing the rhinestone star cross, bright in the darkness of the night. Backed by a very old chippy green painted framed black board, it rest on our foyer table, greeting our guest and proclaiming this simple phrase:

Joy to the World

 As the story was told, soon that bright star is followed by an angel with a message.  You will find the Savior, the one spoken of for centuries, who was born tonight, wrapped in a blanket, and lying in a barn, with his Mother and Father.  Peace on Earth they sing and then they are gone. 

Do not be afraid they are told. Astounded, they turn to each other and wonder how will they find this babe who lays in hay in a trough. They run down the hill, and begin their search, going from house to house and the innkeepers with no luck.  They keep going, finally hearing the cries of a woman.  They are met at the door of a stable by a man with his exhausted wife, resting by her new born babe.  It is just as the angels said it would be.  This baby, the Hope of the World and awaited King of All, lay in the manger.  

 The humble shepherds jump for joy and stand in awe and go and spread the word.  A king is born.  The gift of God to the world.

This charming painting I found on one of my "hunts",  is prized far beyond its original cost, expressing the meaning for the season in its sweet simplicity.  

A breaking heart for the precious young and older  who were lost to their families and us this past week.  No words can express the feelings.  Prayers and hugs are with you all. 

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28 comments :

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I love it,Lynn. I have a very similar image but it is all done in blues. I love your version of it- xo Diana

Maureen Wyatt said...

It's truly lovely and looks wonderful with your chippy frame!

SueAnn Lommler said...

I too love this painting. It is perfect.
Hugs
SueAnn

Hartwood Roses said...

Your telling of the story is what makes this painting so wonderful!

Jen said...

I truly adore this. And your thoughts that accompany it are touching. We all need a little joy in our world and Christmas definitely sparks it in so many people.

Have a wonderful week!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Lynn,
Hop on over to my linky party...YOU have been feature this week:)

Blessings,
Linda

Leslie said...

Beautiful .. we are all praying for those that lost their lives.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

What a darling painting, but even sweeter in your frame.
Love the whole vignette!

Merry Christmas,
xox
A

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Beautiful, Lynn! Happy Holidays to you and your family. xoxo, Sherry

vintagefrills said...

This looks really beautiful! Have a lovely christmas.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Wishing you peace and all the blessings He promised.
Had a difficult time finding angels this season which I thought odd, but then again, maybe people are realizing how much we need them (())

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Such a sweet post and a beautiful painting!

Sherry "Edie" & Marie Antionette said...

It is a most charming picture.
And I loved this post.
On your right side board,What kind of chickens do you have sitting on the rail? I love chickens...LOL
Merry Christmas Dearest,
XXOO Marie Antionette

suzyq said...

What a gorgeous painting - I would love love love to have that in my home - it would have a place of honor for sure!
Beautiful post -
I too am with filled with more sorrow than it seems I can bear..........
Much love,
Suzan

chateau chic said...

What a special sweet painting to greet guests. It's an amazing story isn't it? The Creator of all things sending his perfect Son into this sinful world. It's wonderful to be able to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas and the hope it gives us on our journey through this world.
Merry Christmas,
Mary Alice

Donna said...

I absolutely love your painting. It looks beautiful the way you have it "framed."

Merry Christmas to you,

Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

yes, it is beautiful. Merry Christmas!!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Lynn
Oh it is so beautiful in it's simplicity - without words yet it portrays the whole meaning of Christmas.
I feel like you, I don't want to see snowmen or hear modern Christmas songs.
The Christian message unfortunately seems to get lost in all the hoopla.

I'm your newest follower and I would love you to pop over and say hello sometime.
Christmas Blessings to you and your family.
Joyeux Noël
Shane ♥

Debra said...

Lovely, Lovely post and precious painting :)
Merry Christmas to you and yours

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Such a gentle, charming painting.

Merry Christmas!

Claudia said...

It's simply lovely. Understated, heartfelt, beautiful.

Thanks so much for joining in this week, my friend, and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

xo
Claudia

LizlovesVintage said...

Very crafty.. I like soft neutrals also. Calming.. Great idea to marry the frame with the print. Merry Christmas to you and yours..
xxx Liz

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Oh this is beautiful Lynn. I love the precious little sheep and snowman shepherd. thanks so much for sharing this, just blesses my heart!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

I love this painting too Lynn... for many reasons! It must bring you great JOY.
Thank you for linking it at Shabbilicious Friday this week... I'm featuring it today.
Happy New Year,
Kerryanne

Brenda said...

This is a beautiful message and a lovely picture. I have never been one to add snowmen of any kind to my decor. Live in Michigan, but not a snow lover. This picture totally would make it through my door. Beautiful!

marie said...

Lovely painting and beautiful message too!

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