Some of the greatest gifts happen unannounced; they slip in quietly and unfold over time, becoming more dear, more meaningful as days and years pass by.
People are this way.
The people who unassumingly inspire you with their beautiful thoughts and wisdom.
These are usually the people who have no idea that they are inspiring or beautiful or wise, they are simply seeking and living and giving and offering their art- their avodah - before God- humbly and authentically and generously, and in the process their art- their spirit- spills onto you and you are somehow better and wiser because of them.
One of these kind souls who I am so blessed to know is Charrette, of Divergent Pathways. Charrette is not her real name, but a French design term meaning "an intense meeting of the minds," and her blog is just that. Jana Winters Parkin is just the kind of person I have described- wise and inspiring- and amazingly talented. Her talent is in both words and paint, and it flows from a mind wide awake to the beauty in the world.
Jana lives in a way that points toward the goodness and truth and loveliness in everything- even pain and struggle, and her art is just that as well- good and true and lovely.
This summer the blog fell silent and I was curious to know what she could be up to, believing that of course she was up to something- and I knew it was something good. I was not disappointed. You really must read for yourself the path her summer took.
Beauty and grace . . .
What Think Ye of Christmas?
What Think Ye of Christmas? will become a delightful tradition in our home, one to be read many times each year, and is also a meaningful gift to give (it happens to be several times on my list of gifts to give). The book can be purchased here
I would love to give one copy of What Think Ye of Christmas? away to a reader! Simply leave a comment on this post. Giveaway ends Sunday night, November 21, when I will randomly select a winner.
Thanks, Jana, for the gorgeous book and giveaway!
11/21 updated: Congratulations Happy Mom! Your number was randomly selected by my three year old! I will contact you for your address to send you the book! Thanks to all who entered!