Paulissa, I loved your post and the symbolism in setting a place for Jesus at your table. On the stage of our worship center, we have a manger scene with a cross behind it and a purple cloth draped from the cross to the manger. What you said reminded me of that. Every time I look at that scene, I ask, "Why me?"
I played the piano for two candle-light Christmas Eve services last night, and they were the highlight of the whole month. Thank you for your thoughts, Paulissa.
Carole in GA Co-leader, Christians Maintaining Weight Loss Co-leader, Christian Bookworms
By his perfect life, Jesus fulfilled the commands of the law. By his death, He satisfied the demands of sin.
"Think often on God, by day, by night, in your business and even in your diversions. He is always near you and with you; leave him not alone." - Brother Lawrence
It snowed here all morning but that has stopped now. We had a leisurely breakfast. DS (who has those traction things for his shoes in snow/ice) delivered almond butterhorns (crescent rolls) to our neighbors and one of them brought cookies for us. Turns out the young woman is a shirt-tail relative of mine and we know her husband's grandparents. Nice young people and wonderful new neighbors.
Our son gave us a really beautiful Polish bee ornament - not Radko but that same delicate beauty. I got a super size Tupperware bowl with lid (red bowl with white lid), some books on my wish list and the most beautiful little fairy figurine. The manufacturer is called Butterfly Fairies - it's a little fairy floating in a petal boat on the water- she has a little bottle of milk or water and a little bee is coming for a drink of milk with it's tiny cup. So cute!
Our youngest son just called and he's going to make another attempt to come down. So often if you get to a main road things are better.
The five of us here all went out to dinner last night. DS and DD wanted to go to Outback. Not my favorite places. I'm not a rib or steak eater but I made do. One nice thing was that I ran into a lady that was in a cooking class I took several years ago. We both had been in the class for 10 years so it was nice to have a chat with her. She has had some rough times but she said she is managing. She did have friends join her for dinner. I was glad they showed up as they didn't come in with her.
This morning DH, DD and I packed up the gifts and the pots and pans to head to #2DS house. I took breakfast with us. Surprise! Surprise! picky grandson ate the French toast. Does anyone have a DH that is as nutty as mine is. He likes to shop for himself during the Christmas time. Always clothes. Then he wraps them up and brings them to open saying they are from Santa. He has done this many many times.
We came home around noon as GS was going to his mothers for the rest of the day. Then our phone calls started. #1DS in N.C. said it was a warm day in the high 60's there. That's a lot warmer than our cloudy sprinkly day. We had a gusher earlier this morning that lasted about three minutes.
I called my DM and the lady she is living with couldn't talk much as DM was right there. This is day three there so it will take her awhile to settle in. I don't think she realizes that she won't beable to go back to her house again. Her voice was much stronger than the last time I talked to her.
I made my lasagne yesterday and have green ready for a salad for supper. All I have to do is pop the lasagne in the oven. I'll also heat up a loaf of wheat French bread I bought. That will be easy.
I am enjoying reading the older H E Newsletter I bought. A nice Ch. present to myself.
Remember everyone that tomorrow is a day of rest. No wild shopping trips for me.
Merry Christmas!!!!! I hope that your home is filled with love of friends and family this Christmas Day and precious memories will be made.
We attended 11 p.m. candlelight services last night; it is sooooooo beautiful. The stirrings of the hand of the hand of God upon our hearts seems so much more palpable at some times of the year versus others and Christmas is one that touches me so much.
Once we arrived back home, I sat up for awhile and watched Mass from St. Peter's in Rome. To be a participant in the larger experience of Christmas love has been a tradition for as long as I can remember growing up.
Today will be spent with family eating, laughing, playing games and enjoying the REAL GIFT of love, sent down to us in the form of a baby totally dependent upon us. God removed fear by becoming dependent - amazing isn't it?
We opened gifts this morning and I got an electric can openeer, some chai tea, an F hook for my crochet (so I can finish a scarf I began last week), some pattern flyers (beautiful lapghans), purple yarn!, a new humidifier, a charger and rechargeable batteries, the Stax records box set, and the new Nicholas Sparks book "The Choice." I was just blown away. . .amazing things, most of which I didn't ask for but wanted. . .
Each year on Christmas Eve I set a place for Jesus. The symbolism of the cross, crucifixion nail, and the nativity remind me that Christ was born to die for me.
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