Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas, from our home to yours ...


Blessings to you, dear blog buds
... as we celebrate the birth of The Holy One!


Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander the Great, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon; without science and learning, he shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of school, he spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, he set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times. –Philip Schaff

I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.--H.G. Wells

In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. -- John 14: 2-6

35 comments:

jel said...

what a pair you 2 make!



Blessings

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous picture of you two! Merry Christmas, Saija, and many blessings to you in the year ahead.

Anonymous said...

What a good-looking couple! Christmas blessings to both of you!

Jammie J. said...

Merry Christmas to you and Leo.

(hugs)

jettybetty said...

Merry Christmas back to you both!!!

Terry said...

Oh Saija...This picture was surely worth waiting for!! Pretty you and that "looks like" Southern Gospel singer husband of yours.
I am in a real dither now. I would love to put THIS picture on my desktop but you know what? It is really hard to choose because I have J and her husband and their five kitties on there as of yesterday.!! Hee hee!! I will have to wait til after midnight[Ontario time] and then I will put you guys on.!!
Before J, I had a beautiful picture of Noel Lewis and his three darling children on my desktop..
Scenery is nice Saija but I like my "people " pictures better, especially when they have become such dear friends to me!!.....Love Terry

Saija said...

jel ... a pair of bookends, eh .. :o) ... joyful Christmas!

ginger ... thank you and a very blessed Christmas to you and your hubby too ...

sabine ... *blush* ... we've grown into the couple we are ... hopefully full of grace! :o) ... blessings on ya!

jeanette ... as terry mentioned, you really did post a most wonderful Christmas pic ... you looked wonderful and the cats looked resigned! *giggle* ... merry merry!

JB ... and backatcha too!

terry ... you are way too kind ... but i totally agree re "j"'s pic ... :o) ... blessings on you and your sweetheart!

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful picture! Wishing you a Joyous Christmas!!
Blessings...

Debra said...

LOVE that picture!! Merry Christmas to two very special people... I'm so happy that you are finally tucked away in your home and all ready for a lovely Christmas together. May your 2007 be wonderful! Blessings, Debra

Maiju said...

Amen to that! I'm glad i found myself back in blogging and reading you. You always have something deep to say. Something that touches my heart!

Rita said...

Merry Christmas!!! You both look so happy. Hugs and blessings to you.

Nellie said...

Merry Christmas to you and Leo both. I am so very happy for you that you can celebrate this Christmas in your new home. Thank you for being such a regular and faithful blogger. You have a special gift with your writings and have blessed me with your encouraging words and your biblical insights. May the Lord continue to bless you and Leo in the New Year, even as you both continue to deal with Leo's health issues.

Saija said...

mindy ...thank you! and the same wish goes your way - as well as hope for a healthier time ahead!

debra ... i've appreciated your friendship and the words God has given you to share through your posts! blessings on you and Tom this Christmas and in 2007!

maiju ... i was so pleased to read your new posts and see your pictures ... welcome back to blogland too!

rita ... yup, we are happy in this cozy condo ... :o) ... and hugs & blessings right backatcha!

nellie ... what a sweet thing to say ... thank you ... if there is any encouragement i can give, it is what God has given to me ... to pass it along ... many blessings to you in 2007!

Lauren-Mary said...

Just swinging by to wish you and Leo a very Merry Christmas! have fun celebrating the birth of our Lord in your new home!

*Lauren

Terry said...

Saija...Did you get the picture that I sent to you? Hope it didn't go in with the junk mail!! I sent J and her family one too......Love Terry

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Leo and Saija... And have a real joyful New Year.

Corry said...

A Merry Christmas and all the best wishes to both of you!!! May God’s blessing be upon you every day.

love and hugs.

God’s Grace.

Saija said...

Lauren ... thank you and i hope you get a great rest over the holidays ... to re-charge your batteries! blessings!

terry ... it was the cutest pic! and i e-mailed you back last night ... wonder if my e-mail got put in the spam folder? *laughing* ... hope you're having a wonderful Christmas Day!

osray ... thank you dear friend ... i always love to visit your site 'cause every remembrance of you & sweetie, makes me smile ...

corry ... a very joyous Christmas to you too! i tried to visit your site to leave a "Merry Christmas" but it appeared blank and there wasn't a comment section - so this comment back will have to do for now! blessings!

Mrs. Diamond said...

sweet picture... Merry Christmas!!!

Elizabeth said...

Lovely photo...thanks for sharing!
Blessings on your both in the new year almost here!!

Saija said...

mrsd ... i loved the pic of your kids that you posted! :o) Merry Merry!

elizabeth ... blessings to you too! hope it is a peaceful day in your household!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

And a Very Mery Christmas to you!

Anonymous said...

Saija and Leo:

You are loved VERY MUCH! Have a wonder-filled day!

In His love,

David, Carol & family

P.S. Thanks so much for the Christmas card!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you both!
God Bless!

Saija said...

Naomi ... Merry Christmas to you ... and judging by your festive blog - you did enjoy the season!

David ... why thank you ... backatcha! ... and yay for canada post, it can work fast sometimes! :o)

northern farmer ... blessings on you & the family as you enjoy that quiet, peaceful lifestyle!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks a lot...today was very good in some ways. But ended on a worry...we went to the daughter-in-law's folks for dinner tonight...her dad only could eat 2 bites and then his swallowing problem got so bad...he ended up going to the hospital in an ambulance. So if you think of him (we think he will be ok after they help him) pray he will recover ok...his name is Ron. He loves the Lord too, but of course, everyone hopes he is going to be ok.

We had a nice time with our grandchildren too, of course. The little one has learned to kiss and say "I wuv you"! Sweet...

Hope your day was a peaceful one too!!

Catherine said...

You guys look so happy! I hope your Christmas was wonderful.

Saija said...

elizabeth ... well that did have an incident attached to it! i hope that you hear the news that Ron is doing much better! i am glad that you had grandkids to brighten your day! blessings ...

catherine ... the Christmas was very quiet - and peaceful here at the condo ... :) ... i hope you had a real restful one too!

Michael said...

What a beautiful picture.
Take Care
Michael

Saija said...

Michael ... we were posing with the sugar cream pies i had made ... so that is why leo looks so happy - pies for Christmas ... all gone now - but he claimed they were good! :o)

Elizabeth said...

Thanks a lot...yes, Ron is better. He was able to go home in the wee hours, having had his throat stretched and meds given to him. Life is too exciting sometimes...the calm days are to be appreciated!!

Saija said...

elizabeth ... so glad to hear that! but what a scare you all got!

Jessica said...
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Maggie Ann said...

HOw did I miss this beautiful post and picture! Love it!!!

Saija said...

jessica ... and i hope you had the same! :o)

maggie ann ... i found a good website that had wonderful truths posted about our Lord, by many different folks - and thought it was a good time to share some of them!