|"Old barn in the countryside" by Hilary J. England|
oil on canvas, 11" x 16", 2013
I painted this painting rather metaphorically. The old barn is me, me in the countryside, but no matter how old and dilapidated I feel sometimes, there is a beauty to every season of life, and always a breakthrough, because God is always near, so there is always a beauty in life, even when it's hard to see through the storms.
Christmas always reminds me of the beauty of God's love for us, by sending His son to us, and loving us that much. I have children, and the thought of the sacrifice involved with God's love offering to us is so enormous, it is hard to fathom sometimes. It makes me humble and so grateful to know the tremendous power and love of a personal deity that is love incarnate. Christmas is such a beautiful time of year, filled with the power of love, which is the Holy Spirit. It makes me so thankful for all that I have been blessed with, but most of all, that I know God, and that Jesus is my Lord and Savior.
I pray for the love of God to be with each of you, and that you may also come to know the deep love and sanctifying relationship of accepting Jesus. It is a decision I made long ago, and a decision that I have never regretted, and will be thankful for through all of eternity. May the peace and beauty of Christ be with you through this Christmas, and the new year to come!