Big weekend

This weekend looks to be a full one: Laura’s big Christmas piano recital at McKendree United Methodist Church downtown, our one day of shopping per year (I haven’t been in a mall since last Christmas), Laura’s folks will also be in sometime later tonight. Top it all off with a full day of teaching and preaching on Sunday. And it might snow.
Our girls are doing a fine job of getting us all in the Christmas mood. Last weekend was non-stop decorating and tree-trimming. I really like driving through the neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights and decorations with the girls. I try to take a different route home so we can see what folks have done. We did that when I was a kid and it is one my stand-out childhood Christmas memories.
My favorite Christmas songs: O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, O Holy Night, Gloria…, probably in that order.
Then there is Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, that awful hippopotomus song, and Jingle Bell Rock. I loathe those. Elvis’ Blue Christmas and the Porky Pig version of the same are ok once…only once.
I’ve got another prayer by Karl Barth to post; if you liked the one below, you’ll really appreciate the next one. Get that little book of prayers if you can find it.
Back to sermon prep.
grace and peace.


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