And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord.
In anticipation, we wait. And we rejoice. And we delight.
Because the King is coming...
an afternoon for building gingerbread houses (and the many challenges that come with it :)
walls that stand and roofs that don't sag-- even crosses made of pretzel sticks
windows and doorways, shingles and sidewalks... even a marshmallow snowman with an M & M hat
my budding architects
math lessons with candy
and leisurely hours spent with friends; the school books set aside
0900Handel's Messiah at the Kennedy Center. Glorious... absolutely glorious.
"Hallelujah! for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ;
and He shall reign for ever and ever.
King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, Hallelujah!"
the Gospel message... clear and bold... woven throughout that symphonic masterpiece
and the curiosity of my two oldest sons (not to mention the constant pleasure they provide)-- WHY would I want to drive all the way in to the Kennedy Center to see Messiah when... surely... there are plenty of You Tube videos available for free?? (I still don't think they get it :)
the first snow of the season
boots that still fit, an extra pair of snow pants, plenty of mittens, and sleds enough to share
pink noses and rosy cheeks
snowball fights and a peacetime truce
the boldness of my eldest son... who, compelled to make a difference, visited our neighbors and asked for donations to help families in the Dominican Republic... because love(is)action.
dinner with friends & laughter around the table... our men en route to the wilderness
3 days of camping (better them than me :) and mounds of gear...
all designed to keep. them. warm.
3 days with Lollipop... girl time galore.
and Christmas... the birth of our Christ and the call to celebrate every. single. day.
this time to rejoice!
and the glory of the Lord, revealed...
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming..."
and the list continues...