Gaudete in Domino semper: interum dico, gaudete:
modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus prope est.
Nihil soliciti sitis: sed in omnia oratione petitiones vestrae innotescant apud Deum.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all men.
The Lord is at hand. Do not be anxious over anything;
but in all manner of prayer, let your requests be made known unto God.
Listen to it...do it. Honestly. We have only a few more weeks and it's not about buying, wrapping, or decorating. It's about getting our hearts ready for the birth of our Savior! Buy, wrap and decorate but do it with GOD in your mind and heart.
It's been a kind of fractious Advent around here. We started well and then, well, it all fell apart. Funerals across several states do that to you.
Despite all of that, thanks to God, we are home and well and someone special has a birthday this week. Then another the week after. Lol. Lots of rejoicing about to commence...as we prepare and have a few subdued pre-parties in anticipation of the big day. Which, ironically, will be spent praying and doing quiet family things at home. More on that later.
When my birthday approaches, the devil always likes to do the "why aren't you doing xyz by this point in your life" bit. Sorry, Satan. Not gonna happen this year. I am overjoyed with my life...a few good friends to talk to, a loving family and, more recently, these two bits of "stuff" I had to share.
Don't you love it when you find the perfect, PERFECT gift for your linguist/bibliophile? Me too.
Rejoice, people. Find God everywhere and it won't be that hard. If you get testy, Let your forbearance be known to all men.
I am so very blessed...and so are you.