Sunday, December 9, 2007

Second Sunday of Advent

Well, last week was Father Jim's final mass as pastor of our Holy Family Parish. There was a little reception afterwards, at which I sobbed in my farewell to him of course. I was crying went I went up to communion so I don't think he was all that surprised to see my sobbing when I came to say fare-thee-well. We'll have an interim priest, Father Thomas, until the Bishop assigns a full-time pastor to our church. I'm anxious to meet him. From what I hear, he's young. That can be good or bad. Here's praying for good!

Today is the second Sunday of Advent. We're still in preparation for the coming of our Lord. How have you prepared? Your house may be decorated. Your Christmas gifts bought. Your cookies baked. But have you prepared for Christ's coming? As we look at the upcoming weeks and we joyfully await His presence, I began to think about what Father Jim always said. Christ said that he would return. It may be today and it may be in a 1000 years. No one knows when that glorious day will take place. We should be preparing a way for the Lord throughout the year, every day. Are you prepared? I know I have a LOT of work to do!

# 15 ~ Fill your house with the holiday fragrance of cloves, orange peel, and cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove.

37 comments:

FarmHouse Style said...

Beautiful post, Julie:) I prepare everyday, and still I know there is so much more to do.

I love your You Tube selections, especially Enya's Silent Night! I have always be a big fan of her music.

I know you will miss Father Jim (((Hugs))) I pray you will come to love your new priest as well.

Love ya,
Rhonda

BTW I loved hearing your voice over at Polly's on Friday, you sound warm and friendly, just as I had imagined:)

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Julie,
This is such a wonderful and most Powerful post. We should all be preparing for Christ' return everyday. Last night at our Church Christmas Dinner, there were Paper Place Mats that had all about the Advent. It was really neat reading it while we ate. It didn't "Rain on our Parade" last night either. It sure was foggy tho. I don't have time to do a post today, but I will post tomorrow. I have a few pictures that I am planning on sharing. Also, I am NOT going to quit blogging. I enjoy it too much. I do hope you will come to like your new Priest. We have a Woman Pastor at our Church now. She seems to be fairly nice. But, I know too well how it is to lose a Pastor/Priest. I have been thru that before. It is not easy, but it does get better. Well, take care my friend and have a great Sunday. May God Bless You and Yours.

Hugs,
Karen H.

Anita said...

Beautiful...
It's so hard to lose someone who is important to us... I will keep you on my prayer list! :)

P.S. I have an old pot that is just used for simmering spices... So much better than sprays... even better than most candles, although I use those, too!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Wonderful post Julie.....It was fun hearing your voice at Polly's....

Penny

p.s. thanks for saying such nice things about the mosaic birdhouse I made for Kim at Daisy Cottage!

Supermom said...

Wonderful words, Julie!

Sling said...

Rejoice!!..I can't even tell you how much I have loved this song my whole life.
Plaintive,yet hopeful...Beutiful!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Good Morning Julie...there are many times I think I am NOT prepared and other times I think I am...

I loved your post. Happy Sunday!
Love,
Robin

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Wonderful post. Wonderful Christmas Hymn.

Wishing you a most Joyous week......Rosie

Brenda said...

Thanks Julie, You always look on the bright side. I just love your spirit.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Julie, We just got a new rector at our church after a year of searching. Everyone loved our old one and it was difficult finding someone new. But he's wonderful.

justabeachkat said...

Oh Julie, I know how sad you must feel about Father Jim leaving. I'll pray that your new priest will be a blessing to you all.

I loved this post. So true. Our sermon this morning was on this very topic. Preparation.

Christmas Hugs!
Kat

Bethany Hissong said...

Big hugs Julie! I was thinking about you a lot this morning as I was in Pittsburgh!!! We're home now and the first thing I wanted to do was see what you wrote today! I knew this would be a hard Sunday for you, but I will pray your new priest brings something special to your life in a new way ;)

Our Red House said...

A simply beautiful post.

Thank you for sharing Enya's Silent Night too.

I hope your new pastor is everything you could wish.

Kate

Flea Market Queen said...

Julie...
Nice post!
I hope you love your new priest as much as Father Jim!
Priscilla

Robyn said...

great post!

Rosemary said...

I hope your new priest is a great one Julie.
I know it must be hard to say goodbye to your Father Jim.
Rosemary

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