Following the light...

This is the first I chance I have had to sit in peace and quiet today...with only 30 minutes before the close of Christmas 2011. It has been a wonderful day and I hope you were blessed with the same. I have been thinking all day on the homily given by the priest at our Christmas Mass. He spoke about a pilgrimage he took to the West Bank town of Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity. He described his passage through the church, the birthplace of Christ, where he kissed the star that marks the exact spot where Christ was born. I smiled as he spoke because I was travelling with him through my photos. I was walking with him side by side. I visited the church last year and was in as much awe of this holy site as he was. The image above came to mind, in a church that was filled with tourists, I wanted to find the peace that I felt at that very moment. I looked up and followed the light... just before the door I noticed the hearts. I found my picture. This is a message to simply say that I wish for you in your life, peace in your heart and happiness throughout the coming year.

Happy Holidays to one and all...I hope you are able to share it with people you hold near and dear. Thank you all for your very kind Christmas wishes, I feel very fortunate and honored to have so many wonderful friends around the world. I look forward to reading and following your stories into 2012. :)

and with that, I say goodnight...

Jeanne xx


  1. Jeanne,

    I love this photo, oddly enough I was just watching the news and they showed the very same place and Bethlehem square.

    I did not know that you went here last year, I would love to see more photos! You must tell me where to find them on your blogs.

    Merry Christmas dear friend! I am so happy that you enjoyed the day with your children and your husband.

    Take care, xo Elizabeth

  2. We got some pretty fun Christmas presents from England, since Christy is home for three weeks. :-)

    Glad your day was so special.


  3. What a beautiful post! Merry Christmas and all the best for the new year xx

  4. Oh Jeanne. What a typically gorgeous sentiment and shot from you. *Sigh*. Thankyou for sharing it. J x

  5. love the picture, hope you had sweet dreams

  6. Beautifully said....and I echo the sentiment. Thankyou Jeanne!

  7. A beautiful photograph and wonderful sentiments Jeanne.....sentiments that we should all think about a lot more at this time of year.
    I have lived with images of Bethlehem all of my life. My Dad was stationed there ( among many other places ) in the war and my sister and I used to pour over his photographs of the birthplace of Christ and the tomb.
    Hope that your Christmas was lovely and I wish you and your family a happy, healthy and peaceful 2012 and a very happy time in Vietnam.....hoping for one of your lovely postcards if you find time !! Much love, Jackie. XXXX

  8. Hi dear Jeanne.....sounds like your holiday was just perfect. You we all mature...I think the holidays take on such a different meaning.....less about all the stuff and frills and more about love and friendship. I'm glad to have found you through blogging.

    Have a wonderful new year,


  9. The Universe speaks in whispers and metaphors...we need these silent moments to be able to hear. Thank you so much for sharing this special photo.
    Happy New Year Jeanne.

  10. Beautiful image and sentiments Jeanne. Merry Merry Christmas to you!


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