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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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Saturday, December 27, 2008

A Wish for Christmas and All the Year Through

This entry comes - as it often does - by way of Debbie of Hodgepodge. It was sent to her by one of her loyal readers. Many thanks, dear Geranium Farmer!

I Wish You Enough

Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure.

Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother
said, 'I love you and I wish you enough'. The daughter replied, 'Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom'.

They kissed and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see she wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking, 'Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?'.

Yes, I have,' I repl ied. 'Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?'.

'I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is - the next trip back will be for my funeral,' she said.

'When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, 'I wish you enough'. May I ask what that means?'.

She began to smile. 'That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone'. She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more. 'When we said , ' I wish you enough', we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them'. Then turning toward me, she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

She then began to cry and walked away.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person,
an hour to appreciate them,
a day to love them
but then an entire life to forget them.

I wish you enough time to savor the moments, people and experiences in your life
and enough wisdom to know that they are all gifts of Love Incarnate.

Friday, December 26, 2008

More Artistic Works from Geranium Farmers

This photograph is one of a series started by Harry L. Taplin of Chelmsford, MA . An avid photographer, "Tap" has shared photos regularly for two Advents with us at The Geranium Farm.
How symbolic that the day after Christmas we are gifted with the image of an oppressor in decline!

High time you got your work show here, Tap, and many thanks. He's given permission to use this photo here - and for you to use it as well, giving him a simple attribution. The note that went along with this gift follows:
"Although today marks the first of the twelve days of Christmas,I'll maintain the advent photo numbering. Advent Photo 08-27 for Friday, December 26, 2008.
The glory of Rome, [taken] July 08, 2008" [my bracket]
Copyright © 2008 Henry L. Taplin

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Contribution by Geranium Farmer

This is a sketch from the children's Christmas service at Geranium Farmer Ritagail's parish. The kids got lots of Christmas images in there and it looks as if they had fun doing it! Thanks, Ritagail for passing this on to MOLC.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Angel in Repose


Merry Christmas to one and all from Emmy Lou, the EpiscoPup, and The Geranium Farm!

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

For those who get The Discovery Channel

Note this is three one hour programs starting at 8pm tomorrow night.
It is run right again after the last one ends. Also run on Dec.23rd starting at 12am. As a cautionary note: this is East Coast time. Please check your local listings for the airing in your time zone.

Dec 22, 8:00 pm

(60 minutes)
Jesus: The Complete Story
The Early Years

Explore the strange fables that surround Jesus' birth. Follow the childhood and early adult years of Jesus using a first century living museum newly opened in Nazareth. Find out why Jesus began his mission and why he chose to live his life the way he did.

Dec 22, 9:00 pm

(60 minutes)
Jesus: The Complete Story
The Mission

Learn how Jesus carried out his ministry as a healer and exorcist and how his taste for parties with undesirable guests became an attack on religious authorities. Follow him to Jerusalem and see how dangerous it was for him during the Passover Festival.

Dec 22, 10:00 pm

(60 minutes)
Jesus: The Complete Story
The Last Days

Look at the last days of Jesus' life: the Last Supper; the Mount of Olives where he prayed and sweat blood; and the trial where he is condemned for blasphemy. Explore what may have accounted for his resurrection and find out what he may have looked like.

Fourth Sunday of Advent

"Eternal God,

as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,

so we wait for his coming in glory;

bring us through the birth pangs of this present age

to see, with her, our great salvation

in Jesus Christ our Lord." Amen

- from the website of The Church of England: Additional Collect, The Fourth Sunday of Advent

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