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Blog 11/27/2015

 

From one year to the next . . .

As we continue to enjoy turkey sandwiches, turkey casseroles, and turkey soup these days after Thanksgiving, this is one of those years when Thanksgiving is put away and Advent is brought out all the same weekend.  Our Advent wreath will be put out tomorrow evening  on our dining room table and stockings will be dug out of storage to make sure they are hung on the mantle before December 6th, the feast of St. Nicholas.  We savor the beginning of a new Cycle and a New Year by gradually introducing Christmas in our home, putting up the Christmas tree just days before Christmas.  This Advent time is the time for reflecting and waiting and anticipation.  We pause to think about what we learned this past year, what we lost, and what we gained and what may lie ahead.  An appreciation for family roots was gained by our trip to Ireland, England and Wales this past summer, where we met distant cousins and family members. I was given the opportunity to pause long enough to enjoy the beautiful Jesuit retreat house in St. Asaph, Wales for eight days of that trip.  We felt a deep loss this fall when our favorite and last “house” dog, Joey, our English Setter, had to be put down about six weeks ago, but more recently, we have welcomed a new member to our family in the canine department, a 15-month old Irish Setter named Maverick.  His formal name is more true to his character though: Organized Chaos!  The New Year will soon be beginning and we do not know where it will take us.  Soon, the holiday baking and shopping will commence, and the Christmas choir concerts and shows will unfold.  Bill filled so many Thanksgiving baskets with our local St. Vincent de Paul that he lost count, and the chairman has told him to expect the same as Christmas nears.  The need is so great for those among us who do not have enough food.

2016 may be a year of surprises, and certainly a year of the unknown, but for now, we pause to give thanks and continue to wonder at the beauty of the earth, and the love of our God, who loved us so much that he gave the world his only begotten son! 

Maranatha!