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Breath of Heaven: Sneak Peak

Sending you all a little sneak peak of my Christmas post titled Breath of Heaven.

May you each be surrounded by the Breath of Heaven this Christmas Day.

May the Peace of Christ, the Word made flesh, be with each of you.

There is a popular Christmas song called Breath of Heaven. I like the arrangement sung by Amy Grant. This song suggests that the birth of Jesus was a breath from heaven. The image of the Nativity we have accepted for many years depicts the infant Jesus surrounded by barn animals. All present waiting for the birthing process to commence. Mary and Joseph’s breath mingles with that of the animals. The breath of Mary intensifies as the head of Jesus crowns. All are breathing in the very air created by God the Father. When the baby, Jesus, is finally born the focus turns to his breathing. Suddenly what matters most is only the breathing of this tiny newborn…Jesus. Mary’s breathing is now combined with her tears of joy at the birth of her Lord.

Please enjoy the scenes from the Nativity movie as you listen to the

lyrics of this beautiful song sung by Amy Grant.

 

 

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God is Light: Wordle

God is Light

 This is the time of year when ceativity reaches a peak. Decorating your house for Christmas allows all sorts of creative juices to flow…after all it’s Christmas and anything goes.

Wrapping paper in all colors and patterns…matching bows curled or looped…candles in every size, color, and fragrance imaginable…gifts that fit in the palm of your hand or on a finger to ones that defy being wrapped…visits with family (now I admit sometimes that really requires some creativity) what will we talk about???? Let’s see… “No” not that subject…”how about ____? “No that will never work.” So we end up resorting to polite frivolous small talk.

“Lke, what dessert are you having first?”

Oh my, Creativity is so much fun during the Christmas holidays!

So I want to offer you an opportunity to explore your creative side with Wordle. I used Wordle to create the picture at the top of this post.

Here are the directions:

First you type some text you would like to use. I used scirpture passages from the readings for this week.

Next you go to www.wordle.net

Click on the “CREATE  your own” button. Once there copy your selected text into the box or you can just type your text right in their box. 

Then click on GO button.

In seconds you will have created your very own Wordle “word cloud”. Now you may be excited with the results, but I encourage you to “play” with the many different options offered. At the top of your newly created wordle are some buttons; the color, font, and layout are the ones you should explore.

Find one you like and celebrate that you can be creative in many ways.

I believe creativity is inspired by God, who has certainly given us numerous examples of his wild creativity…just look at nature or the animal kingdom.

Show your children or grandchildren  Wordle and let them have some fun together.

Now I am going to create one with the names of everyone in my family. That will surely give us something to talk about…!!! I must make sure that I do not forget anyone’s name!

~Christmas Blessings~

May your life be overflowing with JOY…and generously sprinkled with FUN.

If you have any questions about Wordle just send me a message.

Manna from Heaven

For years I taught first grade. December was the happiest time of the school year. We would make Gingerbread men, sing holiday songs, read stories about Santa and how other people celebrated Christmas.

I remember the ‘Reindeer Food’ that my excited six-year olds carried home before the Christmas break. A snack baggie for each child filled with regular oatmeal and just a sprinkle of glitter; that made it a little magical.

The directions were to scatter the ‘reindeer food’ over the lawn on Christmas Eve before going to bed. This food was meant to help sustain the hungry flying reindeer for their long Christmas Eve deliveries.

After all Santa gets milk and cookies.

It may be a little strange but, in the book of Exodus God mysteriously provided manna each morning for the Israelites while on their long journey with Moses. If it was not collected right away each morning it melted. The Sabbath was the only day they had no manna so they were allowed to collect enough the day before to eat the next day.

While these two events are not connected I began reflecting about how Jesus is our ‘hidden’ Manna. Jesus the true hidden Manna…Hidden under his humanness.

Jesus contains the hidden manna of salvation for all of mankind. Hidden within him was everything we needed for our own journey to holiness.

Hidden within this tiny baby was the manna offered to save us. The birth of Jesus was the visible manna of love. Love from God the Father…Love from his mother Mary…Love from his earthly father, Joseph.

We too have this manna hidden within our heart. It is this manna of love that we sometimes discover has become hidden within our own hearts. Situations in life can result in love becoming hidden within our soul. Sometimes we even intentionally bury this love as a defense mechanism. Sometimes it gets so shrouded that we can no longer grasp it’s beauty.

Christmas is a time to create a heart transparent so as to see more clearly any hidden manna of love lost in the crevices of our hearts. It is up to you to look to the Lord for new sight.

Christmas is the ultimate gift of love. Who can honestly say that when gazing on a tiny newborn anything but love swells up within your being?

Christmas is a reminder each year of new life and the hope of new beginnings. Believe in your heart that God desires to bring about new life in you. Believe that God wants to do wondrous things through you. You too contain ‘hidden manna’.

 

Manna has become the symbol for the divine goodness of spiritual food, and hence of the Eucharist. (Jn. 6:31-35. 49) “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” (Jn. 6:51)

Christmas is needed as a yearly reminder that Jesus is always with us and will be until the end of time.This ‘hidden manna’ will make all things new. Allow Jesus to come into your heart in a new way. This year don’t take Christmas for granted look for the ‘hidden manna’. Ask God to show you that which is ‘hidden manna’ for you. What is it that would satisfy your heart’s desire to grow deeper in love with the Lord?

Let this Advent captivate your heart. Draw near and experience the taste of this ‘Manna from Heaven’ every time you receive Eucharist. Manna from Heaven given to us as food for the journey…living bread.

Of course I do not believe in flying reindeer and we are not on a quest across the desert with Moses, but I do believe in the manna from heaven given to us because of LOVE.

May your Advent be filled with LOVE!

O Come, Emmanuel YouTube

Christmas Blessings to all who view this musical video.

Come, Emmanuel God with us.

I invite you to remember that “God is with you”.

As we enter into the second half of Advent…preparing for the birth of Jesus…

You are “God with skin on” today and every day.

What an awesome thought to ponder. How are you “His” presence to others?

May you be Blessed with Peace, Joy, Health, and Happiness in 2010.