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Joanna Depue "DJ/Deacon J" writes original songs and liturgies, does daily Farm office work and records Barbara's eMos on The Geranium Farm. A singer and dog trainer she utilizes healing touch in her private massage practice. PLEASE share YOUR original ideas for worship, special liturgies, prayers, songs, sermons and noteworthy blogs right here.
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Thursday, December 07, 2006

A Christmas recollection

Occasional contributor Frank Goodsir sent this essay to me in February and I put it aside, thinking somewhere toward Christmas would be a better fit. Thanks, Frank, for sharing this with all of us. Truth spoken by prophets of any color should be celebrated and remembered year-round, not relegated to a day or a month - they are gifts and timeless.

It was customary, in my childhood, that I and my siblings meet in the parlor of our home with our mother, each evening before going to bed, for the purpose of meaningful time together before saying our evening prayers.

One Christmas we found a book under the tree of famous Americans. Each evening, before the book was exhausted, we read aloud from it about a famous individual. I can, at this point, only remember the chapter of George Washington Carver and his days at Tuskagee Institute and all the marvelous things he created from the lowly peanut. That's all I remembered until one day, five or more years ago, I came across, at a book sale, a book on the life of George Washington Carver. I guess I bought it because of the nostalgia associated with reading about him with my siblings. Now I know much more about this great African American man who devoted his life to Tuskagee Institute, a scientist who left a legacy of meaninful discoveries and inventions that have enriched the lives of people universally.

The most important thing, as far as I am concerned, is the fact that George Washington Carver kept repeating "people look but they do not see." After thinking this over it made a great impression on me. The phrase now lives in my subconcious and if I tend to be rushing through something like a visit to a botanical garden or museum or a wonderful architectural gem, my subconcious alerts my conciousness that "you look but do not see." At this point I change my course and take the time to "look and see".

I am ever grateful to George Washington Carver for his wonderful words that have enriched my life immeasureably.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

An Advent thought by Aunt Sylvia

Debbie (Hodgepodge) L's aunt Sylvia send things to her of a spiritual nature from time to time and then Deb sends them on to me.

Here's one to help sever the frantic from ASAP and get some spiritual help to boot! Thanks Debbie (...and Aunt Sylvia).


Maybe if we think of this abbreviation in a different manner,
we will begin to find a new way to deal with those rough days along the way.

There's work to do, deadlines to meet;
You've got no time to spare,
But as you hurry and scurry

In the midst of family chaos,
"Quality time" is rare.
Do your best; let God do the rest

It may seem like your worries
Are more than you can bear.
Slow down and take a breather

God knows how stressful life is;
He wants to ease our care,
And He'll respond to all your needs

Have an enriching Advent!

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