grace and peace

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I give thanks to my God always on your account...1 Cor 1:3-9  [good stuff, that.]

(complete readings contained in the links provided...)

that was my reading yesterday at the 4:30 mass.  i felt like Rob Bell (who i adore, people, so don't be all coming in here, disparaging my guy, m'kay?) being able to say "grace and peace..."  i love that.  grace and peace.  just the words evoke a stillness i am unable to capture in the hurried pace of my world.

“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come."  Mk 13:33-37

but for today, i choose grace and peace and i choose to give thanks as i am preparing our Thanksgiving feast for my family since we were basically visiting everyone on thursday.  it was a bit of a whirlwind but i am truly ready to settle in for Advent, our season of waiting or in latin, ad-venio which means "to come to." (i really only love Advent for the obvious reasons and the fact it brings us closer to ... Lent!!)

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
with the mountains quaking before you,
while you wrought awesome deeds we could not hope for,
such as they had not heard of from of old.  Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7

i would love to decry the commercialism of Christmas, but i am pretty sure there are a boatload of blogs out there that have this covered.  i want to clean house and keep my life in order.  i want to be a better person, strive for a higher way of looking at things so that i don't continue my past bad behaviors.  i want to wait and be watchful and am thrilled to have been asked to lector at the Midnight Mass this year.  "May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. - What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’”

i want to wait in hopeful anticipation that i will continue to heal of my hurts, continue to nurse those who have been afflicted this year, continue to grow in God and be the capable woman He has called me to be.

i am ready. 

grace and peace.

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