Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016
God Bless Our Troops

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We love what we do!
I can't believe that a week from tomorrow is Palm Sunday. Each year seems to go by faster and faster. I did a funeral the other day and beforehand spoke to the priest who would be presiding. I mentioned that I had met him at our church when he came to speak to us about the Eucharistic Congress. He said, "oh, that was 3 or 4 years ago." Huh? I can't believe it's been that long. Now that I'm semi-retired, I notice that the days just seem to fly by. Probably because I now have more time to do the things I enjoy.

Yesterday was the funeral for my cousin. It was a day of mixed blessings. Of course we all mourned the loss of Cindy. But I was able to touch base with my two brothers, whom I have not seen in years. There was no feud, nothing like that. Our family was hit by many blows throughout our lives. We are not good at keeping in touch - for a variety of reasons. I think that will now change. Thank you, Cindy, for a final gift before you returned to your Father.

The funeral dinner was held at my cousins' house, Carol and Joe Herzberg. It was a nice time of visiting. Clay and Claire got to meet cousins and they had a great time with them. Carol and her sister are quilters and Carol had some beautiful quilts on display. She had 2 antique quilts on racks in the living room. They were hand-quilted and the stitching was absolutely exquisite - tiny and even. It gave me a goal to strive for.

This weekend I need to make a couple batches of candles. My sister-in-law Colleen is a terrific saleswoman. She has kept me busy the last few weeks. And the great thing is, it's something I love to do.

Word of the day:
Saturday of the Fourth Week in Lent
Jn 7:40-53

Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said,
"This is truly the Prophet."
Others said, "This is the Christ."
But others said, "The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he?
Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David's family
and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?"
So a division occurred in the crowd because of him.
Some of them even wanted to arrest him,
but no one laid hands on him.

So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees,
who asked them, "Why did you not bring him?"
The guards answered, "Never before has anyone spoken like this man."
So the Pharisees answered them, "Have you also been deceived?
Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him?
But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed."
Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them,
"Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him
and finds out what he is doing?"
They answered and said to him,
"You are not from Galilee also, are you?
Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee."
Then each went to his own house.

God bless our troops!



Ida said...

Isn't' it odd how a funeral will often bring a family closer together. I guess it's just another case of 'what Satan meant for evil, God meant for good'. Yes, He can use the worst of situations for HIS purposes. Big hugs and blessings on you.

Sugar Bush Primitives said...

You are absolutely right, Ida. My thoughts exactly. Thank you so much for your thoughtful and lovely comments on both of my blogs.