Archive / December, 2013

Treasured Moments

After all the Christmas programs I’ve attended in my lifetime, I’ve mostly memorized Luke’s second chapter. Luke the physician presents a clear and observant narrative. In addition to the birth story, Luke describes the witnesses (1) present following the birth event (shepherds guided by stars and angels to the stable) and (2) in the family’s […]

The Best . . . Yet To Be!

In his poem Rabbi Ben Ezra, poet Robert Browning began with these words:     Grow old along with me!     The best is yet to be; The last of life, for which the first was made;     Our times are in his hand     Who saith, “A whole I planned. Youth […]

Heaven’s Gift

There is no other reason for the season. The arrival (first Advent) of God’s only begotten Son, the Baby born to Mary and Joseph, was a singular event. Several blog posts I read today urged readers to set some time apart during the chaotic activities that will likely fill our next six days and meditate […]

A Song in The Air

Christmas is less than a week away and this is the time when I’m both exhausted and exhilarated! As I was thinking about all that still needed to be done before The Day arrives next week, a song came to mind. It’s an old hymn/carol but one that doesn’t seem to be played (or sung) […]

Santa Came To My House!

When I was about eight or nine years old, I remember lying in bed on Christmas Eve, too excited to fall asleep! We lived in a tiny, story-and-a-half bungalow. On the first floor, there was a parlor just inside the front door, a dining room behind that, an eat-in kitchen off to one side, a small […]

Audience of One

A departure today from Christmas musings … I’ll return to that tomorrow. When you share a bed with someone, sooner or later there’s going to be one or the other of you who snores. I was thinking about this today and recalled a silly poem I’d written. As I’ve said before, when I’m unable to […]

Sixty Pennies at Christmas

Today, I conducted a scientific survey … that is, I queried my Beloved as to whether there were any Christmas stories (other than the birth of Christ) he could remember being especially dear to him. Of course, he thought for a bit. I realized it would be a challenge for him. He loves Christmas (probably […]

A Christmas Story

With Christmas fast approaching on the calendar, I got to thinking today about Christmas stories. As I understand it, the cable channel ABC Family is known for their 25 Days of Christmas programming block, which includes a plethora of Christmas movies, specials and supposedly, family-friendly fare for the whole family to enjoy. I’m told the Hallmark Channel also sponsors a Countdown to […]

Second Thoughts

Talking with a friend today, I was reminded for the umpteenth time this week that we are often our own worst enemies. Seldom do we find a harsher critic, a less forgiving observer or a task-master more demanding than the one who inhabits (haunts?) our own brain. (At least, this has been my experience.) People […]

This Thing Called Love

There are many stories from mythology that fascinate me. Ovid’s tale of Echo and Narcissus is one. (And part of my fascination with such tales is due in part to the intricate historic images that have been painted to portray the stories.) This tale captures my imagination! There’s unrequited love, there’s an overbearing (though beautiful) […]

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