Advent Week Three

A Prayer for the Third Week in Advent – a Prayer for Joy

Holy Father, Lord of all creation, you have power and might over heaven and earth. You speak a word and mountains move. You whisper and the sea obeys. You turn darkness into light, and transform broken things into beauty. Lord, help me to see the wonder in your creation, to find the joy amidst the trials. For in you I can rejoice and be glad. No matter what the world brings, I can find joy in you. Help me to celebrate with joy and gladness this Christmas, for in you all things are made new. You are working to restore and remake all the broken pieces of my life and of this world. In you I will be glad and rejoice forever, delighting in you with joy. All this I pray through Jesus Christ, your only son, you greatest gift to this world. Amen.

Isaiah 65:17-18 (NIV)

“See, I will create
    new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
    nor will they come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
    in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
    and its people a joy.

Isaiah 65:17-18 (NIV)

Prayer Of The Week By Kathryn Shirey

Second Christmas & Widowhood

I made it through my second Christmas without Jim. Last year I was staying with my daughter and her family……this year I awoke in my own home, alone..and you know what? It and I was ok. I enjoyed a quiet cup of coffee before getting ready to head down to my daughters. A start of a new tradition for myself?!?! Maybe. I’m learning to not think to far into the future, instead taking things as they come without to much planning……

My neighbor gifted me a Santa Hat……..

So dressed like a candy cane I headed down to my daughters………I spent the day with these amazing little people……yes my life has changed, but I’m incredibly Blessed.

And though I’m 9 hours or so away from these beautiful people….thankfully there is Marco Polo and FaceTime..

Christmas and widowhood can and is a lonely time. No matter who we are surrounded by, we are missing our partner. But for me, this time of year speaks of love…Jims love was and still is an incredible gift, a gift I was Blessed with. My grief, in its own way, speaks volumes of the love we share. Each tear that falls, is, in its own little way, a tribute to the man I love. So I made it through feeling pretty good actually…my healing is coming in at it’s own pace in its own way……..the journey continues……

The Monday Music Medicine Show – Holiday Edition..

So, as the title implies…it’s That time again over at Quantum Hermit….So my beautiful Monday Music Medicine Show friends, if it pleases you to play, share with us: songs from a memory, and then from today, and finally from a collection you don’t always play. You know I want to hear it! Share it there (your own blog with a ping back), or share it here….

Song from a memory..as a child I loved The Friendly Beasts

Rockin Around The Christmas Tree

A song from today…The Piano Guys

Trans Siberian Orchestra … Christmas Canon

Don’t always play…Jethro Tull Another Christmas Song

Paul MCartney..Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time

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Just HAD to add this from the Hallmark Movie Angels and Ornaments,,,so sweet!