"As there are no darkened rooms for the child when mother is near, so there can be no darkened worlds for the spirit as long as God is in them." ---F.F. Shannon.

Mary E. Allbright, in the Christian Advocate, writes in rhyme the same lesson Jesus taught His disciples when He told them that the very hairs of their heads were numbered, and that Paul exprest when he said "for He (God) careth for you":

O! strange and wild is the world of men
Which the eyes of the Lord must see--
With continents, islands, tribes, and tongues,
With multitudes, bond and free!
All kings of the earth bow down to him,
And yet--He can think of me.

For none can measure the mind of God
Or the bounds of eternity.
He knows each life that has come from Him,
To the tiniest bird and bee;
And the love of His heart is so deep and
That takes in even me.

What cares the babe for the blackness and the wild storm if only the mother holds it to her bosom and croons the hymn of peace. And in the hour when the world reels beneath his feet, frail man becomes almost omnipotent in the thought that beneath this world are the everlasting arms. --N. D. Hillis

Giving back to the gallery isn't difficult. Simply visit one of the many sites below and give a small gift to one of the many good folks who work with ever-lasting endurance to provide for the very least in God's kingdom without regrets! The gallery is provided for already. However, there are many in need elsewhere. Give what you can, then, thank God for what you have.
  • Gospel For Asia shares the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who have never before heard His name.
  • Lutheran Blind Mission is the largest Christian library serving blind people in North America.
  • Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other deformities for children around the globe
  • The American Red Cross aids victims of devastating natural disasters by processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products and by promoting health and safety programs.
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a place where many physicians send some of their sickest patients. At this hospital doctors perform cutting-edge research everyday in order to cure cancer and other catastrophic diseases among children.
  • Feed The Children is one of the world's largest private organizations dedicated to helping hungry and hurting people.


The gallery staff has just created new Advent Candle/Wreath clip art for your church's bulletins, e-mail, newsletters, etc... We have many colors to select from at the gallery's Christmas blog, "Once Upon A Christmas." The Advent graphic at the top of this blog entry comes in red, violet and multi colors. The Advent clipart second from the top also comes in violet, red, green, pink, and multiple colors. Don't forget to check our Christmas blog often during the upcoming holiday season for all sorts of free Christmas clip art for tags, cards, e-mail and Christmas craft projects for Sunday School. The gallery gives away hundreds of Christmas clip art samples for Christian churches every year.

(scenes from the romantic Christmas film, "The Christmas Card")

Christmas cards are usually exchanged during the weeks preceding Christmas Day on December 25 by many people (including non-Christians) in Western society and in Asia. The traditional greeting reads "wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year", much like the first commercial Christmas card, produced by Sir Henry Cole in London 1843. There are innumerable variations on this greeting, many cards expressing more religious sentiment, or containing a poem, prayer or Biblical verse; others stay away from religion with an all-inclusive "Season's greetings".

A Christmas card is generally commercially designed and purchased for the occasion. The content of the design might relate directly to the Christmas narrative with depictions of the Nativity of Jesus, or have Christian symbols such as the Star of Bethlehem or a white dove representing both the Holy Spirit and Peace. Many Christmas depict traditions such as Santa Claus, objects associated with Christmas such as: candles, holly and baubles. Other cards may illustrate winter activities such as shopping, skating, or wildlife scenes typical of a northern winter. Some Christmas cards depict nostalgic scenes of the past such as crinolined shoppers in 19th century streetscapes; others are humorous, particularly in depicting the antics of a modern day Santa and his retinue.

Links to Handmade Christmas Cards
Links to Christmas Cards by Children
Send an internet Christmas Card

Our readers may be wondering if we read all of the blogs listed here and agree with everything these Christian writers/bloggers think? We do read here on occasion and we do agree with some of the commentary/opinions but, these blogs are listed here primarily because of their popularity on the internet. So why not sit a spell and find out what other Christian readers are blogging about?