and christmas begins.

dean martin & frank sinatra christmas station on pandora.third day’s christmas offerings.  the elliot yamin christmas collection. todd agnew’s do you see what i see?

undecorated christmas tree near art canvas
lots and lots of cranberry sauce. more pumpkin pie. coffee in the air every morning.
thanksgiving dinner

the hint of fireplace smoke.  the aroma of a brand-new douglas fir.  wool pea coats and tall boots.  the smell of leather and josiah.

Josiah and Gina's hands on park bench in Paris

fighting the sunday night blues. dreading the lack of sleep monday morning brings, and the exhaustion which ensues. dreading lots of things at work this week…the tyranny of the corporate and the urgent.

purposing to be anxious for nothing and thankful for everything.  trusting.  knowing the new mercies each day brings and trusting the One who holds me in His hands.

not waiting, but redeeming the time, hoping, persevering. knowing He does all things well. living with purpose.

california oaks

To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified…
The desolations of many generations.
7Instead of your shame you will have a double portion,
And instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion
Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land,
Everlasting joy will be theirs. (Isaiah 61)

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2 thoughts on “and christmas begins.

    • Isn’t it an awesome passage? The worship leader at our church read part of out aloud yesterday, and I just had to go home and look up the rest of the chapter.

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