Monday, November 30, 2015

Week 1 Day 2

Isaiah 11:1-4a
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him-
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of power,
the Spirt of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord-
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.

Seven hundred years.  The people of the earth waited seven hundred years.

To us it is understandable that the people of Israel got tired of waiting.
I can hardly wait a minute and a half in the line at the supermarket!

Yet, imagine the anticipation of the faithful.
The ones who believed God's words spoken through Isaiah and the other prophets.
The ones who believed God would send Messiah to save His people.

Waiting with expectation.
Come, Lord Jesus.  Come.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Week1 Day 1

This week's word is anticipation.

As I sit drinking my first cup of advent tea and eating my first advent chocolate, I feel like a little child.  The anticipation is almost too much to handle!

Over the next four weeks:

I look forward to seeing who shows up for all of the events we have planned at church.  I look forward to hearing the responses of those who encounter the true meaning of Christmas for the first time.

I look forward to what God has to teach me about His Son as I teach others about His amazing gift.

I wonder if I will be able to keep up this blog throughout the busy-ness of the season.

I wonder if anyone will even read this blog.  I wonder if anyone will respond; if these ideas, words, pictures, and songs will be a point of encouragement or just something else on the internet posted by someone who wants to drone on and on.

Mostly, I am anticipating God showing up, reminding me of His love, joy, peace, and kindness.

Emmanuel, God with us.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Waiting Begins

It is time for Advent to begin!  I am going to attempt something new this year during Advent.  During Lent when I was participating in the photo a day challenge, a friend of mine mentioned that I should write something for Lent or Advent.  Most of what I have been doing for these seasons is from other places, I just cut and paste.

So, I am trying to be a bit more organized in my cutting and pasting and am going to share it here.  Please leave comments with your thoughts and ideas, photos and songs!

This is going to be my basic schedule:
Sunday - word for the week
Monday - Bible passage
Tuesday - Devotion/Meditation/Thoughts
Wednesday - artwork
Thursday - photo
Friday - Song/Carol
Saturday - Prayer

Here is the beginning my list of resources (in no particular order!):
Spark Your Joy, by Margaret Feinberg
Finding the Messiah, by Jane Rubietta
Women of Christmas, by Liz Curtis Higgs
God is in the Manger, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Purpose of Christmas, by Rick Warren
The Book of Common Prayer

Websites: - Handel's Messiah Readings - blogs and songs - advent prayers - songs

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sabbath Adventures

Last Monday for my Sabbath I went on a little adventure back to the beach I had visited in May when I last posted.  (If anyone has figured out how to stop time, let me know.  Lots of life has happened since my last post, but trying to catch up is overwhelming, so I am just going to plod on from here.)

So, I went to the beach again.  But, before going to the beach I thought I should try to find something new in the area.  The night before I left I studied my online map of the area looking for parks or other beaches or landmarks or anything that might be interesting.

I found...

A little cove where I could climb on the rocks, sit in the sun, watch the fishing boats go by
 And, not pictured, the kind lady at the hotel who allowed me to park my car for a while as I went exploring through the neighborhood.

The rocks went right out into the water- or the water came right up over the rocks...

Beautiful views from...

The lighthouse!  (I had taken a picture of the whole thing from below, but that pic has disappeared!)

A little cafe on the hill looking down over the bay
 The interior of the cafe was all train themed with signs from old train cars and stations and a model train running around the perimeter of the cafe.  The lady working there told me about the birds soaring around the hills, the quiet life on this little hill, and told me to park my car in their parking lot next time I wanted to come exploring the hills!

The sun was sparkling on the water so beautifully!
There were so many fishing boats out on the water, even people fishing right from the shore.  I am not sure what kind of fish they were catching, but it was obviously a good day for it because I have never seen that many boats and people fishing when I have been to this beach before.

On my last trip to the beach- between May and now!- I found this lovely tea shop in a mall.
Last time I went to the beach I stopped at this mall because I heard they had a nice Starbucks with a terrace.  There is a nice Starbucks, but the terrace is in the food court.  However, as I walked around before going into Starbucks, I found this tea shop with the walls lined with bookshelves.  As much as I love SB, I could not resist this shop!  It was a lovely place to read and reflect.

What adventures does my next Sabbath hold?!