Well, here in Seattle, it’s thirty seven minutes for Christmas. I’m not staying up late on purpose – it just happens! Today was a whirlwind of a day. I woke up at 11 to a piping hot non-fat, no-whip Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks, and a delightfully warm, giant cinnamon roll from Panera Bread (thank you, momma!). Once I finished watching a few Say Yes to the Dress episodes, I organized my sewing mess from last night’s crafting. Once I regrouped, I resumed the projects I had been working on the night before. I made a new kind of flower (a prototype for my new project!) and a couple of the felt wraps from my previous post (seen here) to give as gifts to friends I would see at church.
When my mother and I returned home from church, I resumed my Christmas present finishing-up. I cleaned up a quilt for my aunt (one I’d started years ago, but only finished up this year… eek!) and then made some cookies to give as gifts. They were to scrumptious not to photograph:
I hope you have a wonderful holiday and happy birthday, Jesus! :)
Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.
For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.