Christmas preparations

With this sudden move looming, I won’t be doing much to prepare for Christmas. Our outdoor lights won’t be going up. I did decorate a little inside, but sadly, that will all come down within a couple weeks.  What preparations we’re doing comes in the form of decorating with friends, or just personal focus shifting to the season. I have a few gifts purchased, and I look forward to wrapping them. I need to put my cards in the mail soon, as well.

Last week, I started a focus on Advent. Tonight, I will continue it here:

Week 2: PEACE

“Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”  Its one of my favorite hymns. I remember one particular Christmas eve night. I was riding the back seat of my parents car, on our way home from midnight mass. It was cold, and the sky was clear. A million stars twinkled above, as we cruised down a small farm-to-market road through the country. I felt so peaceful. I think its a moment in time when I can pinpoint feeling total peace. A shooting star streaked across the sky, and I closed my eyes to make a wish. I don’t remember the wish, but I remember that it didn’t matter if it came true or not. All that mattered was how perfect that night seemed…

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
John 14:27

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