Well, it’s the last day of November and we are recovering from last week and preparing for the slide to Christmas. Back to reality. Back to a big pile of laundry and vacuuming. But also time to start wrapping Christmas presents and watching Christmas movies! Daughter #1 and I watched Miracle on 34th Street (1947) before she went back to JC. That always puts me in a festive mood.
I watched A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer with the wee twins one night last week when the OM and I babysat while the young folk went out to dinner. Watching with almost 5-year olds gives one a fresh perspective.
This December I will once again be reading a chapter of Luke a day, starting on December 1 with chapter one. Simple, but a meaningful way to stay grounded amid all the commercialization and secularization in our culture.
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.Luke 1:1-4
This is quite interesting.
These are some good post-Thanksgiving thoughts.
“Giving thanks is also a powerful act of defiance in a culture steeped in selfishness. Gratitude forces us to face the darkness and disarm the demons of discontentment and complaint.”
Also, on Sunday our pastor quoted this line from Middlemarch, which I have probably quoted before, but it bears repeating:
“..for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
Amen, come Lord Jesus.