Sunday. Today Lee Anne, Joan, Fanester, and I all went to Fifth Ave. Presbyterian Church. It is the fourth Sunday of Advent — hard to believe that Christmas is at the end of this week! Jim stayed home with Rob, whose blood counts are not ready for him to be out and about. Hopefully that will change in the next few days. The Children’s Christmas Pageant was this morning’s special program, and what a wonderful program it was! The children were all decked out in various costumes and were just adorable! The theme was the journey to Bethlehem, culminating with the gift of a king, and the gifts that we bring. The words of the final verse of the last song: ”Oh, my soul magnifies the Lord and I rejoice in God my Savior. For He has done great things for me. Holy is His name. Gloria!” Amen!
It was a true blessing to be in church this morning. It’s just one more way to soak up God’s presence. Being together as a family is also a way to soak up God’s blessings, and that is just what we’ve been doing and will continue to do this week. While I’m sad to see Joan and Fanester leave tomorrow, it will be great to have Jack arrive here on Wednesday.
There is an ever-present awareness of the fact that my parents are no longer here — this will be the first Christmas I’ve experienced without them. Oh, there were some Christmases that we were not physically together, but there was always love expressed over the phone, through gift-giving, and the sharing of happy times. I miss sharing life with them. However, I know I’ve been blessed beyond measure to have had such loving and caring parents. It seems, therefore, that my journey going forward must consist of sharing that love, giving out the blessing I’ve received to others along the way. Rather like the message this morning from the children — as recipients of the immeasurable gift of God’s precious son, the babe born in a manger, what then can we give???