Christmas time is here!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

So Thomas finished decorating the tree last night. We were afraid to do it any sooner, because the thought of cleaning up broken ornaments from wild dogs crashing into the tree did not sound appealing. Alllllllll of the presents are wrapped. The table is covered in a green table cloth and fancy looking red-striped candles in our mod candelabra. Our small collection of cards has been hung. Lights are outside. There are a few things I'm finishing up today, and then we're done. We don't have a mantel or lots of spare space, so many of the cute decorations I've seen will be used in a few years, in another house.

I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to all of you. I hope you have a wonderful holiday (and even if you don't celebrate it, hopefully you get the day off)! Spend a little time thinking about all of the incredible things you are thankful for. Your significant other, your kids, pets, if you're lucky to have a job, or if you're able to afford school. I'm always impressed by the resilient spirit of humanity, and glad that there are so many stories of it around Christmas. Be thankful for your abundant blessings, and do whatever you can to not compare them to the blessings of others. I pray that you are all safe and happy this holiday season.

Isaiah 62:6-12
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Upon your walls, O Jerusalem,
    I have posted sentinels;
all day and all night
    they shall never be silent.
You who remind the Lord,
    take no rest,
and give him no rest
    until he establishes Jerusalem
    and makes it renowned throughout the earth.
The Lord has sworn by his right hand
    and by his mighty arm:
I will not again give your grain
    to be food for your enemies,
and foreigners shall not drink the wine
    for which you have labored;
but those who garner it shall eat it
    and praise the Lord,
and those who gather it shall drink it
    in my holy courts.
10 Go through, go through the gates,
    prepare the way for the people;
build up, build up the highway,
    clear it of stones,
    lift up an ensign over the peoples.
11 The Lord has proclaimed
    to the end of the earth:
Say to daughter Zion,
    “See, your salvation comes;
his reward is with him,
    and his recompense before him.”
12 They shall be called, “The Holy People,
    The Redeemed of the Lord”;
and you shall be called, “Sought Out,
    A City Not Forsaken.”

Merry Christmas everyone. And YAY Jesus!

I'll see you again around the new year.

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