Sunday, December 18, 2011

Keeping the Sabbath #4

1. A Song
Favorite Christmas Song Ever.

2. A Verse
“Brothers and sisters: To him who can strengthen you, according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret for long ages but now manifested through the prophetic writings and, according to the command of the eternal God, made known to all nations to bring about the obedience of faith, to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ be glory forever and ever. Amen.” ~Romans 16:25-27

3. A Quote
“Let us follow the star of inspiration and divine attraction which calls us to the crib, and let us go thither to adore and love the Child Jesus and offer ourselves to Him.” ~St. Jane Frances de Chantal

4. An Image
Is it ok if I admit that I am dreaming of a White Christmas?

5. A Blessing
My Family.  It rocks.  And it is getting better, like a good wine does with age… or maybe more like a random collection of strange knick-knacks that is multiplying in a little old lady’s curio cabinet.  But, more on later…

6. An Intention
I’ll be praying for those whose lives do not slow down for the holidays- those who work in travel, retail, health care, etc., as well as our priests and pastors who work so hard to help provide beautiful, prayerful times of worship to celebrate Christ’s birth.

7. A Challenge
To not lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas during this last week of Advent.  I will not get irritable.  I will not be impatient.  I will not slack on prayer.  I will be kind, generous, and joyful.  And I will pray now that my effort is blessed, because I am going to need all the help that I can get. 

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