Silent Night, Holy Night
Dec. 24, 2012 7:18 pm
Updated: Dec. 25, 2012 1:03 pm
Silent? Not so much if you have teenagers in the house. But it is, indeed, a holy night. It is a holy night because this is the night we commemorate as the eve of the birth of Jesus. And so we set it apart for sacred use. God came into the world and became
approachable. They held him and knew him in an intimate way. We can also know him intimately and trust him to do everything he said he would. He will forgive us, encourage us, strengthen us, lead us and love us. It is also a holy night, set apart for sacred
use because we gather as families, and friends, brothers and sisters to celebrate and love one another. It is a reflection of the relationship our God enjoys as the Triune God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I hope this finds all of you in the presence of those
you love here on earth, remembering those who have passed before, and in awe of a God who would give himself for you.
For my part, the Grinch has fled for the moment. The candlelight service was great. I got to listen to my wife play the bassoon with the band, my girls were with me as were my sister-in-flaw and mother-in-law. And it was so good to see so many people that I
love and care for in church today. I knew I belong there the first day I walked in the door, and it causes me no small pain to think I will soon be leaving. But God is good and has a plan for me and my family.
My youngest daughter made Peppermint Fudge Crinkle Cookies, and we followed that up with
Ginger Snaps and Sugar Cookies. Tomorrow we finish with the Sandbakkels. I'm using almond extract for the first time in the Sandbakkels. My grandmother always preferred vanilla extract, but this year I wanted traditional Norwegian cookies.
Merry Christmas to all of my friends on AR! I hope God blesses you all richly. I know I have been blessed far beyond what I deserve, and loved far better than I have loved.
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