Tomorrow, we'll start the Christmas baking -- around here "stir up Sunday" usually becomes "stir up Monday" as somehow the First Sunday of Advent always sneaks up on me! As we progress, I'll post recipes and results here.
As a final thought for this first Advent post, this quote from the Magnificat really hit me today as we continue to pray for the sale of the house in Denver and I continue to pray for the wisdom and grace to simplify and refocus our lives:
At a certain point in life, the profound deisres and cravings of our heart
reach a point of eruption in us. Yet, at the same time comes the awareness
that we cannot bring about what we want -- we do not have inside us what is
needed to fulfill and satisfy our longings. And so, with our infinite yearnings we turn to the Infinite and cry, "Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down." Our experience of helplessness before the fact of our boundless human need moves us to ask for fellowship with God's Son, Jesus Christ the Lord. The nature of our desire assures us as we enter into Advent that we are not lacking in any spiritual gift as we wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord of the house is coming ... Be watchful! Be alert!