There are several movies that my people are twittering about right now.
I intend to see one today. (I go to the theater about once a year, and it usually has to do with what my book club has decided to select for December---we see a movie during that busy month instead of reading a book)
A word about "Les Miserables:"
Having read the book about 10 years ago, and having watched the Broadway version via TV, I must say this---the new movie, however spectacular it might be, must not be a substitute for the reading of Hugo's wonderful story.
The book brought me to tears for its beauty, its tenderness, its epic quality. Perhaps the new movie has captured some of that, but I wonder.
I have no plans to disturb the images in my mind from my reading yet, but perhaps I'll see it later when it comes out as a DVD.
I confess I love it. It's a new start, a blank page, a time to look forward!
What's on your list?
I'll share mine:
1. Get Healthier
2. Keep Christ First
3. Stay Focused on the Most Important Tasks of my life.
4. Enjoy the ride!
5. Practice Gratefulness
6. Pay Attention to the One Who Needs
7. Complete the Projects Already Begun.........:)
God has blessed me abundantly this year. I have learned to be more grateful, even for things that appear to be curses. I am only more trusting in His power over my life, more aware of His presence, more in love with Him. I see the huge difference He makes in my life compared to the people I know who don't know Him personally. The Lord is truly everything to me. I am humbled by His Power and His Mercy. I am overwhelmed by His Goodness.
I am completely at peace with the new challenges I've been dealt. I know the road goes up and down, and we have a rocky and dangerous path ahead, but my Lord God is with me every step.
Will it be cancer?
Will it be death?
Will it be suffering and pain?
Of course. We should expect that.
This is life.
Today we stand as His grateful servants. We hope in Him for healing and joy. We trust His power over every aspect of our lives, and we look to Him.
I hope you had a wonderful day celebrating Christmas!
It's strange how we change from year to year, either from physical illness or age, emotional stress, or philosophical influence. Christmas is one of those test-markers for taking inventory on these statuses (or stati) for me, and I would suspect for many of us.
Since I watched "The Star" about Bethlehem's star and the astronomical events surrounding the likely time of Christ's birth I see Christmas somewhat differently.
Yes, we celebrate Jesus' birthday (though it likely was in June), we give gifts (like the wise men) and feast like the pagans, but each year something changes.
We love to see our children satisfied with a happy Christmas. We enjoy the warmth of friendships and invitations to parties. We are moved by the sweet music. We like to reflect.
Christmas is a time of waiting. I find myself increasingly longing for the second appearance of our Lord at this time of year.
No matter how perfect the year has been, with expectations surpassed, it seems that as we mature the longing intensifies.
How long, O Lord? How long?
Your people long for your reappearing! Death, where is your sting? Grave, where is your victory?
And we wait. We live, we serve, we love, we laugh.
Outside our friends' home in Wiesbaden the night before we returned home.
If it weren't for the lights, the smells and the Christmas preparation we'd all feel a little dark right now.
I'm still working off of the "high" of our trip, reliving each moment and memory, remembering things from my first time in Germany, 25 years ago.
I never thought it would be so long before we returned, but I am grateful for the refreshment of good old times and for the fruitful years in between.
Perhaps you've watched Ed on the organ in the previous post. Truly it was an experience of a lifetime for any 14 year old! Herr Hielscher was a gracious helper and host to this experience.
Ed baked bread and worked on the piano today. Our old 1907 piano needed to be tuned and adjusted today. The piano tuner said it will be fine for another hundred years...! It's ready for the carols to be played.
Ed had his practice time on the organ at the catholic church in our neighborhood. They were decorating for Christmas while he played. He's starting to have an audience! The last two times I wasn't the only one sitting in the pews listening.
Actually his teacher told him yesterday that he is ready to play for a service. Guess that will be in January.
I just made sweet potato cake. I'll frost it with cream cheese frosting and distribute it to the neighbors. I like to do something (little) for our neighbors every year, even if it's a quick little thing.
This year I tried the Pinterest idea of using a Sharpie on white plates to draw decorations. It worked pretty well. The colors turned in the oven some, but it was fun to do. These plates are perfect to give the neighbors, filled with something yummy, of course.
Margaret is chugging through her finals. She will be vastly relieved to finish after tonight. My older sons are dallying away their vacation already! I must put them to work on something soon...
Ed made Spritz cookies, Cherie made gingerbread men. We've been treated to See's Candy and delicious homemade cookies from my husband's co-workers! How spoiled we are!
I made up a batch of Chai Tea mix AND Russian Spice tea mix last night. It's been fueling the younger set today!
My friends in Germany have sent coffee home with us, with the proper filters for an "Echte Kaffee"----a real treat with Christmas cookies.
I started to write my Christmas cards ----yes, they will be late this year, unless I can finish them tonight. I've got presents to wrap and packages to mail. I'm running late, but that is the story of my life when it comes to Christmas!
I finished knitting red wool mittens last night for......???? (I know!) I had the inspiration as we were reading the Betsy-Tacy books this fall. The mittens turned out really cute!
And it IS the last day of fall, and days will begin to get longer after tomorrow!