Today is the feast of the (holy) family. I am ever so grateful for our family and our extended family.....those friends who journey thru life with us. Hug someone you love today....and everyday.
Our pastor spoke about the importance of family and forgiveness at mass this morning. Oh, what a different world it would be if we could all remember all that we have to be grateful for. I wish you Love!
I happened to be on facebook this evening when I was suddenly at a site for Medjugorje! No idea how I got there! I remember when the apparitions there first began. I have always believed them to be real. I remember wanting so desperately to go there, but with four little children and one salary, our finances simply could not cover it.
In "happening" onto the site tonight it took me back to the early 1980s when the visions began. As I had been then, so too I was once again spellbound watching the faces of the children as the Blessed Mother spoke to them.....faces looking up, lips moving as they spoke to her, eyes focused, totally engaged in conversation with her, oblivious to all around them.....
Can you imagine the FAITH these children had to have? I ask myself what I would do if I were in their position(s). I'd like to think I would become completely absorbed in this miracle. Would I be attentive enough? Would I miss the sign(s)? Would I REALLY BELIEVE??
Let us ask ourselves if there is something in our spiritual lives that need refocusing.....more trust.....total absorption?
Every year at this time I start a pseudo spring cleaning (aka get rid of the clutter!!!). It happens as I am taking down Christmas decorations, de-cluttering. I go thru the closets, attic, etc., to see what I (we) no longer use or need. Makes sense, right? The O-N-L-Y little problem is that in the past I have (once or twice or...)"donated" things that actually ARE / WERE needed. Like for instance one year during my whirlwind cleaning I saw this coat liner in the closet. I thought it must have been an old liner for a coat which we no longer had (hmmmmm....wonder why). And, it looked like a man's size. A month later my husband was going to wear a new coat we had purchased for him in the fall.....AND.....you guessed it.....he asked where the liner was. COULD IT BE I had accidentally DONATED it? Jim was standing in front of me as the color drained from my face.
In light of episodes like this, I am very cautious when I tornado thru the house. But....when it's all done (the de cluttering, that is), I feel as if I have really accomplished something. In the next 48 hours I am gonna be one happy little lady. :- )
Well, the house is very quiet with our family guests gone. Poor Maverick doesn't know what to do with himself..... except catch up on his sleep. Every now and then he looks around as if to say "Where'd they all go....and WHY?"
After loved ones leave, I go up to the rooms they stayed in, and sometimes I lay on the bed(s), trying to absorb the last little bit of their presence.
It has been a wonderful Christmas and I am ever so grateful to have spent time with our many children and grand-blessings.
I am making a conscious effort to give thanks for every day.
Twas the day after Christmas and there wasn't a peep;
The inhabitants of the house were all fast asleep.
By eight o'clock the mommy was up in a flash;
She showered, dressed and emptied the trash.
Unloaded the dishwasher, then fillled it once more;
Threw in a load of laundry and washed the floors.
Vacuumned and polished and changed the sheets;
Then unloaded the dishwasher (again) in a heat.
Organized the frig, pumpkin pie a la whip
Turkey and stuffing, and a cracker dip.
Eight hours later when the cleaning was complete
She laid on the couch and propped up her feet.
And some heard her exclaim as her head hit the hay....
Thank goodness Christmas won't return for 364 days!
There in a cold stable a Child was born.....surrounded by animals and shepherds, the Prince of Peace, the Savior of the World arrived to Mary and Joseph. His bed was filled with hay, and He was wrapped in rags....there was no soft cushion for a mattress, no down comforter to swaddle Him in. The barn had no furnace to keep Him warm, but the breath from the animals must have provided some heat. The sky was clear, brilliantly lit by the stars. Far in the distance three wisemen followed a large star knowing that it would lead them to the Prince of Peace. They would journey for days before reaching their destination.
How has this journey through Advent been for you? What gift(s) have you brought to the Christ Child? The gifts He has brought are Peace, Hope, and unconditional Love.....how blessed we are.
Three (Kings) Jims.....Jim - father/grandfather, Jimmy - grandson/nephew, Jim, SJ - son/uncle. In heaven another resides.....Jim's Dad, Jim, who was a gentle hearted, kind and generous man. Like these three "Jims" he loved his family. Family was his #1 priority.
How grateful I am that these three men are part of my life.
Nothing like a trip downtown to see the lights and all the Christmas finery with nieces and nephew…...
Rusty married her high school sweetheart, Jim. They have four children and seven adorable