Advent: Light #EvergreenAdvent

Isaiah 60:1-5

The Glory of Zion

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
    and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
    and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

“Lift up your eyes and look about you:
    All assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
    and your daughters are carried on the hip.
Then you will look and be radiant,
    your heart will throb and swell with joy;
the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,
    to you the riches of the nations will come.”


On these dark, foggy days in the dying of the year, we get occasional glimpses of the light that is to come when the clouds thin and the light shines through.

Advent: Hope #EvergreenAdvent

Jeremiah 29:11-13

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”


Photos of the beautiful flowers of summer and fall give hope of the coming days during this time of cold in the waning light.

The packing has begun…

Big Al and I managed to get four boxes packed and taped and taken down to the storage room. Extra cups, linen, the booze (most of it) and some of the CDs are down there.

I don’t know where my life/time goes, but it seems like all I did today was wash and dry the sheets, go to my Tai Chi class, go to lunch and trundle the boxes to the storage area.

And here it is, after 5 p.m., and it’s dark, and I’m ready to quit for the day.



I did get a chance to visit with my sister on the phone for a little while at noon, and that was nice.

These winter days that get dark early make me want to crawl into my cave like an old bear – although I can tell the days are gradually getting longer!