Archive For December 31, 2012

The Engelman Family Six Days of Christmas

The first six days of Christmas were such a comedy of illness and dog mishaps, Ray and I were inspired to rewrite “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.    Hopefully, things are on the up-swing – hence the fact that I’ve stopped at six days of Christmas in the lyrics below.  At the moment, it appears that only two…

Christmas Do-Overs

Christmas Eve couldn’t have been better. Well, actually, it started with Bonita vomiting at 4:30 in the morning, but when she woke at 8 she was completely fine. I turned on some Christmas tunes and we transformed our purple-draped Advent tree into a beautiful, white, silver, and gold – with a hint of purple – Christmas…

The Covenants Fulfilled and Christ is Born! Reflections for Christmas Eve and Day

Let’s face it, no matter how much you did to prepare, the next two days promise to be crazy.  So, the reflections are short, in recognition of the realities of life.  I pray that we will ponder these words of the Gospel throughout our busy days today, tomorrow, and every day to come! Dec. 24 (Person – Jesus,…

My Advent Playlist

Here are a few of the songs that I’ve put on my Advent playlist: Future of Forestry’s version of Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel.  There’s something about the music that creates a sense of expectation. I find myself looking on the horizon for Jesus coming on a cloud. Benedictines of St. Mary’s “Gabriel’s Message”.  I…

Paying Christ Homage – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 23

Wow!  Hard to believe Christmas is only two days away!  Our Advent season has truly been a wonderful time of preparation, and I am really looking forward to Christmas day.  This is especially wonderful since last year I was so stressed out and overwhelmed that I just wanted the season to be OVER. We’ve done…

Clinging to God the Father – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 22

Well, friends, Jesus was right and the Mayans were wrong.  Surprise, surprise. I awoke today – the first day of the rest of my life – with two wonderful epiphanies.  The first was, perhaps, not life-changing.  I was struck with an idea of how I could transform a gift that I’ve purchased for our dear…

Servants of God – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 21

Dec. 21 (Person – Mary, Symbol – White Lily) “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 Read Luke 1:26-38 Reflection:  Of all the people who ever lived – with the exception of Jesus, of course, who was both God and man –…

Repentance and Reconciliation – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 20

Dec. 20 (Person – John the Baptist, Symbol – Scallop Shell) “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.  I am not worthy to carry his sandals.  He will baptize with the holy Spirit and fire.” Read: Luke 1:57-80; Matt 3:1-12 Reflection: John…

Christ in Us – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 19

December 19 (Person – Elizabeth, Symbol – Mother and Child) “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb…. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Luke 1:42, 45 Read Luke 1:39-56 Reflection:  When she heard Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth was…

The Value of Listening – Advent Calendar/Jesse Tree Reflection for Dec. 18

First, I must give a shout out to my oldest “baby”, Dude, whose ninth birthday is today!  Happy birthday, buddy! It’s always amazing to me how the lessons we teach our children are so often lessons we need to learn ourselves.  Listening is not my strong suit, and I am looking forward to accepting my own…

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