Wednesday, December 18, 2013

.how silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is given.

"Waiting is essential to the spiritual life.
But waiting as a disciple of Jesus is not an empty waiting.
It is a waiting with a promise in our hearts that makes already present what we wait for.
We are always waiting, but it is a waiting in the conviction that we have already seen God's footsteps.
Waiting for God is an active, alert- yes, joyful!- waiting."

-Henri Nouwen

We were playing hide-and-seek. Not sure she super gets it.

Last year my mom sent me some of our family's Christmas decorations. I love that.

I miss Chicago's snow, but Oregon's mist frozen is a different kind of winter beauty.

Christmas carol serenade to cookie-baking.

(Glitter + leftover Halloween candy + end of cereal boxes)

"God cared enough to come and be one of us.
We matter to God. We matter that much.
He cared enough to be born.
That's the whole point of it all…
that He cared enough to be born."

-Madeleine L'Engle

Cross-continental shared joy.

Out to dinner by the river to watch the Christmas-lit ships go by.

"So the Christmas message for all people runs:
You are accepted, God has not despised you,
but He bears in His body all your flesh and blood.
Look at the cradle!
In the body of the little child, in the incarnate Son of God,
your flesh, all your distress, anxiety, temptation,
indeed all your sin,
is borne, forgiven, and healed."

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Favorite movie by Christmas lights.

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Human Needs Global Resources Covenant, 2009

As fellow travelers on this journey, we commit to this covenant before God. Lord, in Your mercy, hear these our prayers:

When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

When wounded by the fractured condition of Your people, may we be united by Your Lordship in faith, hope, and love; seeing, as through the facets of a diamond, the beautiful spectrum of Your light reflected onto Your holy Church joined in praise. Spirit, empower us.

When all Creation groans, afflicted by injustice and driven to despair, may the promise of redemption root us in the hope of Your Kingdom: "Behold, I am making all things new!"

Holy Trinity, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart.