Sunday, December 16, 2018

A great weekend

It started Friday night. Cori texted she was nearby and wondered if she could say hi. Of course! She had dinner with us, and we spent the evening solving a crossword puzzle -- a HARD one. Teamwork and only a teeny tiny bit of Googling at the very end, and we did it!

Saturday I walked around San Jose Christian School's Boutique, then we decided to get a tree. We bought a little one we set up on "TV tray" in the family room. I don't know exactly why, but that tree is making me so happy. Every morning as I walk into the kitchen I see it and smile.


A quiet Saturday evening and church this morning. I did not have any "churchly duties" so I could take it a little more easy -- didn't have to get there early. I had time to take a nice shower and make a hearty breakfast with eggs, bacon, English muffins, and lattes. I read an article in the America magazine with a link to an Advent playlist, started listening to it while doing some more reading and suddenly Randy said, "Whoa, I didn't know it was so late!" and it was time to go.

At church today the kids sang, and that's always sweet. One song they led us in was "Mary Did You Know?" We had a guest pastor and he confessed that one line brought tears to his eyes. It did mine, too: "Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod? When you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of God?"

"Mary Did You Know?"
by Mark Lowry and music written by Buddy Greene

Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of God?

Mary did you know? Mary did you know? Mary did you know?

Mary did you know? Mary did you know? Mary did you know?
The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb
Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?

Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect lamb?
That sleeping child you're holding is the great I am?

Mary did you know? Mary did you know? Mary did you know?
Mary did you know? Mary did you know? Mary did you know? Oh
Mary did you know?

Thinking of Mary is pretty amazing. Her magnificat, Luke 1:46-55, is incredible. I've read and heard several people say that it shows a deep knowledge of Scripture. Someone called her one of the first disciples. And each time I hear that Mary treasured what people told her and pondered them, my heart beats in sympathy. Maybe it's leaping, like the baby John the Baptist in Elizabeth's womb. What foretelling. I wonder if all those words came to her again as she stood at the foot of the cross, while Jesus told her and John to behold each other -- son and mother.

After church I went to the grocery store, then came home and made potato soup while listening to that same Advent playlist. It was delicious, if I do say so myself. A rainstorm started while it was cooking. A good afternoon for soup. Gezellig.

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