Today we welcome Linda Rondeau to A Bed of Roses…Thorns Included.
Winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel The Other Side of Darkness/Harbourlight, LINDA WOOD RONDEAU, writes stories of God’s mercies. Walk with her unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own. After a long career in human services, Linda now resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
Linda’s best-selling Adirondack Romance, It Really IS a Wonderful Life, is published by Lighthouse of the Carolinas and is available wherever books are sold. Her next releases were her devotional book, I Prayed for Patience God Gave Me Children and Days of Vines and Roses.
Joy Comes to Dinsmore Street and A Christmas Prayer have been released in time for the Christmas as well as her mini novel, Jolly Angel. Songs in the Valley/ Helping Hands Press. Will be released in late 2013 or early 2014.
By Linda Rondeau
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel—which mans, “God with us” Matthew 1:22 – 23.
The pastor made a habit to go to his church study in the early evening during the Christmas season. The four-year-old who lived across the street watched the tree lights come on with regularity at six o’clock. Each night he remarked to his mother, “God’s home.”
This time of year, I look forward to the decorations. In the evenings, I turn off all the house lights and bask in the golden glow of our Christmas tree.
I wonder how the shepherds must have felt when the night sky was filled with splendor and angelic beings heralded the birth of the long-awaited Messiah. “You will find him in a manager,” they said. They never questioned the heavenly visitors, but I imagine some were curious as to why God’s son was born in a humble stable. “God’s home,” they said. “Let’s go and see what has happened.” They found the baby just as the angel described.
I wonder how the astronomers of the East must have felt when a brilliant star muted all the others and fixed itself over a small humble village. So curious was the event, they traveled many months to find the reason. “God’s home,” they said, “and we will find him where the star hovers.” So they left to follow the light.
I wonder, as a believer, whether anyone looking at my life would say, “God’s home.” Would anything they see in me be worth imitating? Would they see a reflection of the One who sent that star?
Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.comor email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or find her on Facebook, Twitter, PInterest, LinkedIn, Google Plus and Goodreads.
Thanks for joining us today, Linda. You gave us some very thought-provoking questions.
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