"Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name."
1 Chronicles 29:13
After a delicious & bountiful & wonderful-in-every-way holiday,
I return home refreshed.
And ever-s0-grateful to the One who provided it all.
So this morning, I give thanks to my Abba Father,
for He has done great things!
two Thanksgiving celebrations... with family all around
one in Maryland with Chris's clan and one in the woods... with my mom and dad
this house... their home... their arms-open-wide welcoming, their selfless giving,
their forever-care, their always-love
gatherings, assemblies, shared meals, and rejoicings as we give Him thanks... together
the earnest prayer of my 8-year old son, "Lord, help us to be thankful..."
a busy kitchen, tireless preparation, a bustle of activity... delicious expectation!
lively conversation. everyone gathered 'round. favorite dishes. tasty treats.
dinner plates scraped clean. full, full bellies.
left-overs and "re-runs" for days to come...
food that satisfies over and over and over again
homemade donuts for dessert, the joy of traditions
my grandmother's crystal candlesticks, an heirloom from days gone by.
Once they graced her dining room table; this past Thursday, they illuminated once again~
naps by the fire
books by the fire
a bench to share
a weekend to rest and chop wood and watch football and play!
Sunday morning worship, a shared pew, Christmas hymns & celebration songs.
beautiful Words... our Light has come!
a heart of joy and a new song
this advent season, our great anticipation, our wonderful hope... in the miraculous birth of a Baby... Emmanuel has come!
"And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together."
and my list continues...