Okay, I know some will think I'm pushing it...
And I am.
Because I love Thanksgiving.
I love it. I love the baking with kids, the fun, the gatherings... and the church services. Thanksgiving. Advent.
Does anyone else remember Vespers? We used to have Vespers (evening prayer) at our church when the kids were young. A sweet nun, Sister Diane Dennie would lead or plan them and they were beautiful, similar to what you hear on "Call the Midwife".
Psalm 91 by the sisters of Nonnatus House
I love old prayers. I love old services. Incense.
And hymns! I LOVE CHRISTMAS HYMNS!!!
The joy of waiting, the anticipation, the holiness, the awe...
Child of the Poor/What Child is This (oh, be still my heart... every poor child in the world, take heart!) Notre Dame Folk Group
Night of Silence St. Olaf Choir, Minnesota
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Casting Crowns Version)
Breath of Heaven Amy GrantJoseph's Song Michael Card
And so many more....
The prayerfulness of this whole season grabs me. From All Saints Day (today), All Souls Day (tomorrow) and that old-fashioned idea of learning from the past to prepare for the future and appreciating those who've given their lives for our chance to live our faith.
It all makes me want to be a better person. A better version of my daily self.
So that's where I'm at today! Looking forward eagerly... and patiently.
And yes, I'll decorate because I love it.
I'll get out great grandma's reindeer and Santa...
The aged Nativity that needs replacing (I will strategically place them!!!!)
And all is well because there are other things... human things... people things... that weigh heavy on us at times. Through the twinkle and laughter and joy and singing...
Life still brings lessons. Some harsh. Some just sad.
But we'll embrace those who mourn.
We'll feed the hungry.
Watch some movies...
Share our bounty joyfully.
And remember that the season of anticipation is even greater than the celebration. Because without the anticipation...
Every celebration falls short. Our celebrations will be full and bounteous not because of what we have on the table then... or under a tree...
But by what's in our hearts now.
Good hearts and true. Hearts that love the divine Savior of the world... a child born to the poor.
And we have two winners from two weeks ago!!!
Instead of one book, I'm going to send out three! Winnie Thomas, Linda Orr and Connie Porter Saunders, I need your snail mail addresses. My goal is to catch up on mailings this week.... So I'm hoping to get these right out to you!
Copies of "The Lawman's Holiday Wish" and Gail Martin's "The Christmas Kite" will be coming your way for Christmas reading. What a perfect way to start the holiday season... with a gift from me to you!
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