December 2007


red lightLast week, Max and I traveled through the city of Rochester, NY, accompanied by his sister and brother-in-law.  The four of us were in deep conversation as we stopped for a red light.  All of a sudden, there was a knock on the driver’s side window.  We looked and saw a woman waiting for Max to roll down his window so that she could ask him for money.

Can I just tell you how excited Max and I were as he rolled down the window to start our short conversation with her?  We quickly took out all the loose change that was sitting in our car ash tray and delightfully gave her the entire handful.  I think the woman thought we were crazy because we were so excited to talk with her and hand over what little we had.  In fact, Max even said to her, “Wow, it’s so good to see someone at our window again!” (more…)

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As soon as they heard the sound of it moving around the Christmas tree, all the sleepy children instantly brightened up to watch.  There is just something about it.  The way it moves, the way is sounds, the way it looks. (more…)

Merry Christmas!

Bethlehem

Luke 2:1-20 (NIV) In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

strawberry jamI didn’t realize how much I missed my mother-in-law’s homemade strawberry jam or her cinnamon applesauce until this past week! Mmm, Mmm, Good!! applesauce

Genesis 2:9 (NIV) And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground–trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.     

Your turn to share:  What is your favorite homemade food…and who makes it for you?  

observingI thought I would share some of my initial observations from our first week back in the States:

There are a lot of BIG things. – houses, vehicles, food portions, drinking glasses, laundry appliances, supermarkets, personal spending habits

There are many BEAUTIFUL things. – brick buildings, Christmas decorations, houses, kitchens, church buildings, bathrooms, furniture, paved side roads, open fields, gently-falling snow (more…)

God’s daily bread for me this morning came from the book of Isaiah:

(5)This is what God the LORD says– he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it: (6) “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand.  I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, (7) to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.  (8) “I am the LORD; that is my name! (Isaiah 42:5-8a)         

Bible readVerse 5 was a great reminder to me of who our God is and what He did…and is doing even today.

Verse 6 gave me comfort to know that He “will take hold of [my] hand” as well as “keep[me]” and “make [me] to be a covenant for the people and a light…”.  In what specific ways will He use me?  

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Jacob:  “We’re in the United States now?  Which one of those houses out there is Grandma and Grandpa’s?”  (As soon as our plane landed in Atlanta, GA from Santiago, Chile)

Isaac: “Dad!!!  Why does it keep flushing on me?” (referring to the automatic toilet)

Felicia: “I think I’m confused.  In Chile, you have to do everything but here it does it all for you.”  (Commenting about the automatic toilet flushing, sink faucets, soap and paper towel dispensers in the airport bathrooms) 

Max (to another lady behind us): “¿Quiere entrar?” (“Do you want to come in?”)  (As we were piling into the Atlanta airport elevator)

All the kids started laughing at daddy and wondering why he was talking to the lady in Spanish.

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