Well, I kinda cheated on this one. I let my husband go before me when we were in line for communion but because of the way we enter and leave the pews, you kind of have to let the people to the right of you in front of you. So, as we were leaving church, I made sure to let an older man out of the church door before me. I wasn’t sure I was going to have another opportunity to let anyone else in front of me in a line as I wasn’t sure we were shopping today. We did go shopping today after all but wouldn’t you know it? There was NO line!
After church on Sunday my family comes to our house for brunch. Sometimes we have breakfast stuff, sometimes lunch stuff. Today we had Chili Verde, which wasn’t actually very Verde-ish but still good, eggs, fried potatoes, oh and my mom’s homemade pinto beans, yum! Toast! There was also toast! Sometimes it’s just my parents and my brother or sister but today everyone was here. I really enjoy seeing my family. All of their children are our God-Children, we are lucky that way:-)
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. The homily at church was about being watchful. The homily on-line, that I like to listen to was about asking the question, How do we want to be remembered? The gist of the idea being if you know where you want to end up you can develop a plan to get there.
We will light our Advent candle in just a bit and we got our Christmas tree today. I also enjoy both of those traditions this time of year. We bless our wreath with the following prayer and every night we light the candle for that week.
The usual song is O Come Emmanuel…we are waiting. Strangely, we are waiting for both the end and the beginning. Kinda weird I guess.
Lord our God,
we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
he is the Savior of every nation.
let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light
be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.
May he come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
I liked the verse from O Come Emmanuel we sang tonight. It would definitely be good if division could cease.
Come, O Come, Emmanuel”:
O come, desire of nations, bind
in one the hearts of humankind;
bid ev’ry sad division cease
and be thyself our Prince of peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.
Looking forward to decorating our tree and trying to enjoy the moments I find myself in, though truth be told I’ve been on the Grinchie side the last few hours. It always seems Sunday nights find me with more to do than I would actually care to do, add holiday stuff on top of that and, well…deep breath and try to come back to the moment instead of worrying about tomorrow. It will get here soon enough, with God’s blessing.
So today, for the First Sunday of Advent, Family breakfast, Christmas trees, light and waiting…I Give Thanks!
Here’s a before shot of our Christmas Tree and our Advent Wreath…