The Rosary, a beautiful reflection and symbol of love and faith.
I love them, grew up with the rosary, prayed with my mother and grandmother and have a small collection too.
About a month ago, I visited my friend Jan, from The Comfort of a Safe Place and she wrote a post about having a thought placed on her heart from God.
Jan, is a wonderful interior decorator, jewelry designer, sewer, crocheter and the list goes on. She creates all things with great care and love. She also designs beautiful rosaries.
The thought, God placed on Jan's heart one evening, was to give some of her rosaries away. Her thoughts were encouraged to pass on her faith to a few that somehow needed this blessing at this time in their lives.
Reading Jan's post I was so excited for someone to receive such a treasure and was sure she would find those hearts soon. What I did not know at the time was one of the receivers would be me, along with several others.
When the package came to my door, I just could not imagine what would be inside. When I opened it to find this beautiful Czech Cathedral Glass Vintaj Bronze Pearls Rosary, I was excitedly overwhelmed.
Instantly I knew what a blessing to be given in this rosary.
Jan's rosaries are created using the finest elements. Swarovski Glass and Pearl beads, Bronze medals and Crucifix all created using delicate wires wrapped at the end of each bead. Simply gorgeous.
Honestly my pictures don't do this 31 1/2" long rosary justice. The 10mm glass beads are Honey Celsian and at night take on a soft light pink color. It is amazing.
The Swarovski pearls are 12mm in a bronze gold. The wires are also bronze and the crucifix has a soft vintage patina making it look like a piece handed down from a cherished family member.
Jan shared with me how she knew her hands were blessed from God to create these rosaries. She tried at first to ignore this calling, found every reason to put the thoughts aside, but they stayed. Soon after she knew she had to Follow God's Direction.
Jan has sold her rosaries in the past, but given more away then she sold, giving her a great blessing in return. If you have a moment, drop by to Jan's. You will be blessed with your visit and what you will discover, that this great lady has a struggle of her own. You see, Jan was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy last May 2012 and has been on a journey for wellness and recovery ever since. Even with this great challenge, she continues to move her life forward using her path to help others through this journey with BP. It is remarkable the progress she has made and she is always willing to share the info she learns along the way that might help another.
Thank you so much Jan for the gift of this rosary so beautifully created from your talented hands. I will cherish it forever. The Sunday after it arrived, I took it to church were Father John prayed over this treasure giving way to beautiful words for the rosary and the maker. Asking God to always guide this piece for the good of HIS word and the beauty in our faith, blessed by grace from above.
Simplify Christmas, Following God's Direction.
Since I completed this post, I found a beautiful glass keepsake box that was accented with a white rose brooch. Perfect to hold this blessed treasure.
Also, let us all continue to join in pray for the families and community of Sandy Hook Elementary School. May God give comfort and strength to all in the days ahead.