|Gifts are readied for friends and neighbors.|
In a recent article I read by ELCA Bishop Mark Hanson he described an Advent posture of "standing on tiptoes and leaning into-- looking into-- God's promised future in hope. Advent reminds us that it is not for what we hope, but in whom we hope. The hope in Christ changes our perspective on both the future and the present."
Just like all of you, I am as busy as can be in these last few days leading up to Christmas; today is no exception. I am checking in with a few photos as a way of chronicling this past week. As hard as I tried to load them in order, Blogger had other ideas about that; so, rather than fight it, I have relented and ask you to bear with me. I've included captions to add a relative time frame. My wish for you is a hope and spirit-filled Christmas; both today and into the future!
|Thursday was our annual Quilt Ministry Christmas Tea;|
we've gathered like this for the past eleven years, celebrating the season
and enjoying each others' company over a simple luncheon and warm cider.
|A better-late-than-never birthday quilt was finished on Tuesday.|
Gregory enjoying his new BIG BOY room, bed and quilt!
Of all the things I've ever seen on any quilt I have made, a child is my all-time favorite!
|Mason in his pre-school Christmas program on Monday, he was a cow.|
(Although he insisted that he was an owl! A great horned owl, maybe?!)
|Gregory and Mr. Goodneedle outside the sanctuary of the church|
just before Mason's preschool program on Monday morning in the Capital City.
|Lucy Ann and Gregory enjoying an impromptu game of |
catch after the preschool program on Monday morning.
|Mason with Santa on Monday; there was a special visitor in the Fellowship Hall!|
Lucy Ann and Gregory kept their distance, even though there were candy canes.
The two-year-olds in our family aren't quite sure about the big guy in the red suit.
In our neck of the woods the candles for Christmas eve services at church are wrapped with crepe paper "ruffles", in a tradition borrowed locally from the Moravians. Over the last few years the job of cutting the paper (red representing the blood of Christ) and wrapping the candles (white representing purity and The Light) has fallen to the Quilt Ministry. In December the sewing machines don't move out the closet at church; instead, the ladies gather and wrap candles. This year 680+ have been prepared!