Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Brightest and Best

Sweet Readers,

Christmas has settled upon my hollow. Colored lights dot the ridges and red bows adorn farmhouse banisters and lampposts. I look up to the tallest mountaintop and like the wise men of old I see a bright and shinning star, only this time it is manmade and adorns a housetop. The image still prompts me to sing the old carol…We Three Kings of Orient Are. I love the carols that have been sung here in the mountains for generations. Music joins our hearts and honors the newborn king.

One of my favorite Christmas hymns echoing from the small white clapboard churches hereabouts is…Brightest and Best. The words are hauntingly beautiful and speak of another time.

Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness, and lend us Thine aid;
Star of the east, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant redeemer is laid.

Cold on his cradle the dewdrops are shining,
Low lies His head with the beasts of the stall;
Angels adore Him in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch and Savior of all.

Shall we then yield Him, in costly devotion
Odors of Edom, and offerings divine?
Gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest, and gold from the mine?

Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
Vainly with gifts would His favor secure;
Richer by far is the heart’s adoration.
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

Hope you enjoy pictures of my old farmhouse dressed for the season. The picture of the little girl singing a Christmas prayer at church is of my daughter Brooke who celebrates her seventh Christmas with Jesus this year.

I pray you have a blessed Christmas. Stop to remember the families of the sweet children and adults who are to soon gone in Connecticut.

Dee Dee


  1. Merry Christmas my sweet DeeDee! I love you!

    1. Love you! Loved your Christmas card. Praying for your family.

  2. Merry Christmas, DeeDee! Thank you for the beautiful words and pictures.

    1. Prayed for you this Christmas. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. Love you.

  3. Hugs to you, my sweet friend! I love you! I pray sweet blessings for the New Year!

    1. Hugs back to you.I miss you,sweet Kristi Butler.I pray those sweet blessings fall on you in the coming new year. I love you!

  4. Beautiful house. Beautiful Brooke. Beautiful words. Thank you for sharing them with us. New year's blessings, sweet friend.

    Hope to see you soon. I guess you heard Gary's mom fell and broke her pelvis and we've been in caregiving mode the past few months. I'm so sorry I didn't get back to Theresa's before the holidays. But Mrs. Skelton is finally doing better, so we're not giving 24 hr a day care anymore. Now one of us is just going over everyday and cooking and cleaning and making sure they're okay. Praising God for His healing. At 89 and 95, they're amazing!

    Love you, sweet friend...

  5. Thank you, Vonda.I have been praying for you and Gary.I am thankful it is a little easier for you now.I do understand after being caregiver for my mother, precious Brooke and Jim. Let me know when you are going to see our Theresa and I will come down.

    Thank you for your sweet comments. New year's blessing for you and your family.

    Love you bunches.

  6. Oh Dee Dee! How did I miss this? So beautiful.

    Love you.