For the Beauty of the Earth

“For the Beauty of the Earth,” by Barlow Girl from The Nativity Story

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“I’m going home [for Christmas] to an old country farmhouse, once green, rather faded now, set among leafless apple orchards.  There is a brook below and a December fir wood beyond, where I’ve heard harps swept by the fingers of rain and wind.  There is a pond nearby that will be gray and brooding by now . . . there will be a little room upstairs over the prorch, where old dreams hang thick and a big, fat, glorious feather bed . . .  Oh, but I’ve left out the transforming thing.  There’ll be love there-faithful tender love, such as I’ll never find anywhere else in the world-love that’s waiting for me.  That makes my picture a masterpiece, doesn’t it, even if the colors are not very brilliant?”

-Anne Shirley from “Anne of the Island”my father's house small


  1. I love your posts this month Erin. I love how you meld my favorite earthly things (Anne Shirley, babies, Santa) with the deeply spiritual. You have a real art for this. Beautiful.

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