Altogether Lovely

Christ•mas is my very favorite day of the year.

Families read the Christmas story from the Bible to glassy–eyed children to focus on the real meaning of the day.

Children grow up and faces challenges, difficulties, and even tragedy. And it is through these life struggles that we learn about our real relationship with the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and Savior of the World.

As an adult, I know the truth of Christmas so much more than I did as a child. It’s all about Jesus. All of life itself — every day of the year – is all about Jesus. It’s what I have described as Discovering Radical Intimacy with God.

The writer of Hebrews puts it this way —

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:1-4

For some, Christmas is a bittersweet time. Those we have so dearly loved are not here on earth with us — they are now present with the Lord in heaven. Tears fall freely as we miss our beloved ones especially on this blessed day.

For others, it is a family time of great joy and fellowship together.

For all, it is a time of focus on the One we celebrate — the Lord Jesus Christ — who came as Savior and Lord so that we might be forgiven our sins and receive eternal life (John 3:16).

I frequently stroll through a beautiful rose garden in Newport Beach, CA, my camera in hand, hoping to capture the essence of God’s love relationship with us. I will choose one of my favorite lenses on my Nikon D810 — a Lensbaby Velvet 56 that affords special settings to focus crisply on the center of the rose yet creating a velvety soft blur on the delicate edges of the petals.

This selective focus macro photography of a rose is a picture of how it is for us in life — keeping our eyes focused on Jesus, the center of our life.

Today, on Christ•mas, let us all fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. He is, as John Flavel, an English Presbyterian clergyman, puritan, and author of the 1600s, puts it so well, altogether lovely.

Dear Lord, today of all days, we honor You above everything. And we say thank You and we love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Merry and Blessed Christmas to you!

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


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Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.
Hebrews 12:2

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  • Title: Focusing In On The Rose
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  • Description: A focused view into the center of a rose in Newport Beach, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 12/03/16
  • Camera: Nikon D810, Lensbaby Velvet 56, FL 56mm, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/250sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photo Shoot in Newport Beach, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Topaz Software, Nik Software, ON1 Software.
  • Copyright ©2018 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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