December Chit Chat

It’s been a busy couple weeks. We just got back from spending half a week in Ohio, at a big farming conference. Twas fun to stay in a nice hotel, learn new things about eating healthy, explore aforementioned nice hotel (20 floors, a food court, 3 coffee shops, several restaurants, lots of cozy places to sit, and several conferences going on) and spend some time with my family. It was really special to be able to be at the first service in the newly remodeled building of my home church! It’s good to be home, though. No place like home, no matter how cliche that sounds.

We are anticipating lots of things this week: a sister’s wedding, out-of-state company, extended family gatherings, cousin parties. Lots to do along with all that! Our basement remodel project got kicked up a notch with several weekends of overnight guests in December. The bathroom is now complete, thanks to a very hard-working hubby! (The main part, anyway. It still needs a few odds & ends like towel rack, towels, decor, etc.) As soon as I can get my hands on a camera, I will post a few before/after pictures. Let’s just say the contrast is DRASTIC. We weren’t really digging the 70’s look. 😉

I’ve been busy cleaning, working on a Christmas project that suddenly needed finished now (if I want the 40% coupon code, anyway), prepping food, and finishing some Christmas decorating. Loving the effect that twinkly lights brings into a house!

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I recently started reading through the various Christmas Scripture passages, as a way of preparing my heart and mind for Christmas. So often, I rush around doing outward Christmas-y things in December, and forget about reflecting on the true and deeper meaning. This year, I determined not to do this.

O Holy Night is one of my all-time favorite carols, and several of the phrases jump out at me, every time I hear or sing it. I highlighted my favorites. 🙂

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
‘Til He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

I like to try to imagine what it was like. Darkness had been covering the earth for so long. They had been waiting for their Messiah for so long. And suddenly, with a thrill of hope, He was here! A new and glorious morn was breaking!

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Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night Divine.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!

He was not just born a King, but also our friend. He knows our weakness, because He was human as we are.

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim.

Fun fact: did you know that one of the main reasons O Holy Night was brought from France over to America was to aid in the abolitionist movement? They didn’t even sing it as a Christmas song at first, but at abolitionist rallies. If you look at the first four lines of the last verse, it makes sense. Who would’ve known?

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Peace and rest to you, this Christmas season.

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