I have a Christmas memory. I wrote about in in December 2013, with the title Christmases Long Time Ago. Now I wanted to make it a story for children and asked my artist Absalom to illustrate it. The story is about a Christmas in Osorno, Chile when the tree at church was decorated with toys. I was seven years old and it impressed me so much I have ever forgotten that Christmas.
Here is the picture Absalom sent me. It’s a beautiful picture, highlighting me and my sisters; but it totally misses the point. Toys under the tree but not on the tree!
Cristina, did her own rendition. I sent her the story to check the text and she decided to illustrate it. The title of the story is A Tree Full of Toys. Do you see a tree full of toys?
Both are beautiful pictures but I will have to come up with new stories. Absalom is doing another one today. Let’s hope that one works.
I’m not saying this to belittle my faithful artists. I love them dearly because without them, how could I illustrate my stories? But sometimes I fail to communicate what I want or I communicate wrong. To Absalom I had written that I wanted a tree “dressed” in toys! Cristina did a picture just for fun, I guess.
Am I going to be upset about this? No way! I’ll just wait and hope that the picture I get tomorrow will work. My mind is set on writing my personal testimony in stories for children. There will probably be more misunderstandings. But most of the time we communicate right!
What I now want to communicate, and I hope I get it right, is that I wish you a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas. I don’t know what your plans are, but let the Prince of Peace, Jesus our Lord and Savior, fill your heart with peace, as only He can do.
When I get the picture and the story translated, I’ll let you have a peek. For now…
The peace of God, which surpasses
all understanding, will guard your hearts
and your minds in Christ Jesus.