Advent of Innocence

Advent Painting - Piercing the Darkness

Advent of Innocence
Today is the first Sunday of Advent in the Christian Faith. Emmanuel, God with us, was the prophesy of the promised Messiah. A time when God himself would take on the human embodiment to show us what it would be like to live and love in a life contradictory to the norms and darkness of the day. It is interesting to me that the Messiah came to us in the innocence of a tiny baby. The future life and sacrifice of Jesus brought forgiveness, grace, and peace to all who choose to believe.

The Word made flesh
Advent of innocence brings
Light piercing darkness


Painting: Dwight L. Roth

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Rose and Thorns


You might remember the song,  Every Rose Has its Thorn. In every relationship there are things that get under our skin or irritate us. In today’s world, when things cause us grief or pain, the solution is to end the relationship and move on to another that we hope will keep us happy. The problem is there are no perfect relationships. Which brings us back to every rose has it thorns. In fact we all have thorns. Working through and living above the thorns are what make a relationship work.

Rose and Thorn

Marrying you

So many years ago

I married a rose

The fragrance of love

Blinding beauty

Sweet innocence

Fragile spirit of power

Confident and alive

But, with every rose

Comes thorns of self-protection

Balancing beauty and pain

Your thorns and my thorns

Entwined together in harmony

To love a rose

One must rise above the thorns


Rose Photo: Dwight L. Roth