"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.


Third Friday of Advent

This is my second son's first Christmas ornament. He was born two years after my first - two weeks short of being on the same day!! Funny each of my three children were born exactly two weeks apart (different years of course) So their birthday's fall on the same day each year.

I am heading off to my wonderful share group's Christmas brunch, so I will just post the Advent readings today.

May you all take the time to slow down and ponder anew the meaning of Christmas.

Advent reading for Friday: Psalm 67; Isaiah 56:1-8; John 5:33-36

Forgive me, Jesus, for instinctively shunning those who don't quite fit my preconception of propriety or responsibility. As I gather with others at the stable - shepherds and sages - forgive me f or being so absorbed in my own concerns that I ignore the deep needs of others. May your loving, restorative Spirit find a home in me. Show me, today, someone whom I can love and embrace in your name. Amen.

(prayer - Luci Shaw - God with Us)


Diane said...

Mary, I have the same ornament for my daughter! My other daughter's ornament is similar, and she was born in 1981 too. It just amazes me of how fast the time flies by!! Did you ever think 28 years ago when you were hanging it on your tree that you would be blogging about it? (that wasn't even a word then) I'm not even sure I knew what a computer was all about back then.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post. This will be my prayer today.


Poetic Artist said...

That ornament is so cute.
Thank you for the post. The words are perfect.

Debbie said...

Love the ornament and the prayer is so good! Just what I needed. Thank you for sharing!

sarah said...

beautiful post and Mary - I love that little ordament. how cute is that!!!! Sarah