Starting off on the happier note, this week’s winners are Amy Dudley and Sharon S. Congratulations, ladies. Your signed books will be on their way pronto. As usual, a new contest begins today. All you need to do is comment and, presto, you’re entered! Two winners will be selected at random, to be announced next Monday.
Now, for the plague reference. The monster bug seems to be back in full force; I have a doctor’s appointment this afternoon and, while I’m not at death’s door, I am really tired of being sick! With all the healthy eating, exercise and supplement swallowing, frankly, I expected better. I’m hoping for antibiotics this time around; we’ll see. I will definitely post some kind of update after seeing the medic.
The house is all decorated for Christmas, and I love sitting in my festive living room in the early (early) mornings, listening to Taize CDs and watching the fire. This year, I’ve asked friends and family to PLEASE not give me gifts–I have more than I need now, and then some–but certain ones insist. Therefore, I suggested gifts of food or supplies to animal shelters instead of brightly wrapped packages to place under my tree, and the usual suspects gracefully agreed. (I really hope they all listen.)
Am I going all bah-humbug? NO. I love Christmas–the shining lights, the sparkle, the sweet, festive magic of it all. This year, I managed to set out an Advent wreath and candles in time and I read from a special devotional every morning. There are Nativity Scenes set out, a constant and lovely reminder that Christmas is about CHRIST. About love and giving and faith and trust. About the Amazing Miracle of God Himself putting on a people-suit and coming to Earth, two millenia ago, bringing a Light so brilliant that it still shines today. May you and yours be immersed in that Light, now and always.