God’s Gift of Love

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

This is what Christmas is all about—God’s greatest gift of love to us. We don’t deserve salvation, but it is available nevertheless to all who will receive it.

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the church cantata—a production with music and drama that focuses on some critical life lesson we can learn during this special season. For many years I was privileged to take part in the cantata, most often as either a singer in the choir or as the pianist. But even though those days are gone for me, I still enjoy getting to watch all the hard work others have put into the program each year.

Here is one I’d like to share with you. So this evening, why don’t you cast this production to your television in lieu of your regular program. You will laugh, cry, and consider just what the greatest gift truly is.

Photo taken in the Great Marsh, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 2010

Weekly Photo Challenge: May Colors and Letters

This week’s challenge comes from Citysonnet and is called May Colors and Letters, where for the month of May, each day is assigned a particular color or letter, and the sky is the limit as to our individual interpretation. Today, May 21st, the theme is Green Melody, so I have decided to share photos of some of the things I’ve made that happen to be green.

piano hammer key chain
an aqua key chain (personalized)

The hammers I find in the pianos come in a variety of colors: red, fuschia or pink, purple, royal blue, teal… and green… two different shades of green, in fact. To distinguish them, I simply call them green and aqua.


Christmas sign made from piano parts
Merry & Bright Christmas signs made entirely from piano parts

This one may be out of season, but it is the color for the day. 🙂 I got the idea for this sign while browsing the stencil section of the local craft store. When I saw a stencil of a string of Christmas lights, right away I knew I could make that with hammers and a section of piano wire. It’s mounted to a piece of wood that also came from an old piano. And yes, I did purchase a stencil to add the lettering. 🙂

Thanks again to Cee Neuner for her amazing directory, “For the Love of Challenges.” For the record, Cee’s directory lists not only photo challenges, but also writing and music challenges as well, and they are grouped by category. It’s very well organized.