It's early. It's dark outside.
And I'm sitting here
trying to finalize all the plans for what remains of Christmas Eve Eve Eve,
for Christmas Eve Eve
and Christmas Eve
and Christmas and the busy days AFTER Christmas
when our extended family celebrates.
As wife of a pastor of a precious, small church,
planning has an extra layer or two at Christmas time.
Believe me, I'm making a list and checking it twice!
As I plan, I'm happy for these slippers.
They are comfortable and WARM!
The wind has been howling and whipping the snow outside.
There are drafts to be felt in our house
evidently coming from cracks we didn't know existed before.
My heart has been warmed, too, these days
by the company and generosity of friends.
(These pins, for example, were given me by a special friend .
One had belonged to her mother-in-law
who died just a couple of weeks ago; the other was one of hers that
"she never wore".)
The words of the old carols fill my mind and bring me much joy.
I realize I have no favorites in this category.
Various lines seem to have new meaning to me this year though.
"Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled"
"God is not dead nor doth He sleep"
"Let every heart prepare Him room"
This Christmas Eve Eve Eve, I AM preparing
and wishing YOU peace--HIS peace!