Veil of Stars
Hello friends - happy Saturday!! I've just finished some quality some later date(after Christmas maybe?), I'll share the song-lists with you. As of now, both CDs(one for Maryanne and one for Laura!) are titled "Veil of Stars" and "Lilies on the Sun". Pretty quality mix of songs, if I do say so myself. I'm actually super excited to give these CDs to them!! (Sisters, hope you're not reading this. If so...oops?) Anyways, it's already almost 2:30 in the afternoon, so I should probably start progressing my afternoon. I will soon(on to grocery store to shop for dinner...dinner being lasagna...YES), but figured I could squeeze in a quick entry. A week from now, I will be in Florida - hometime once again. It shall be glorious.

And the main reason I wanted to write a bit is to describe last night - and the awesomeness that it contained. Andrew Peterson(a recent favorite artist of mine, which you'd know if you've read previous entries...) is doing his annual Christmas tour - "Behold the Lamb of God". Me and Daniel decided a few weeks ago that it'd be fun to hit it up, but I have to say, as of yesterday afternoon, I was not feeling it. It'd been a long week and a long day of working frantically and I was worn out. But - tickets were bought and plans were laid and I wasn't about to back out. So as soon as I got back home from work, turned around in ten minutes(after filling up a travel cup with delicious honey-laden coffee...thank you Daniel for that suggestion!) and off we drove. Conveniently(said sarcastically), the concert was on the far southeastern side of Houston and so we made the fun drive through all of Houston to get to our destination. Happily(not sarcastically!), that meant me and Daniel got some quality chat as I drove the hour plus journey through the heart of Houston. And soon enough, we made it to the concert and enjoyed some super quality music. The first half of the show consisted of songs from a lot of the support singer/songwriters accompanying Andrew Peterson. I must confess, I was a bit annoyed at first - I'd come to hear Andrew Peterson, after all - didn't really want to hear a bunch of other people! But seriously, all of the other artists were simply magnificent. Their songs were gorgeous, dripping with longing and love, passion and awe. And so at the intermission point, me and Daniel promptly went out and bought some of their CDs. I had promised myself early on not to buy very much...and I failed miserably. Ended the night with four new albums and one new book! Quality Christmas presents for myself. Yes? Oh and...Andrew Peterson finished the first half of the show by playing "Don't You Want to Thank Someone", one of my very very very favorite songs of late. He started off reciting the words as poetry...before playing/singing the rest. It was beautiful. I was overwrought with emotion. Thank You, God. ...And the second half of the show was Andrew Peterson and his accompanists playing straight through his "Behold the Lamb of God" album. And it was gorgeous. A tale weaving stories from the Old Testament and New, focusing on the most glorious Person of Christ, the very Son of God. I rejoiced. Love and joy and hope and wonder!!! The songs finished and as we rose to applaud, all the musicians came together to accept our adulation...and then stop it - as they started all singing "Oh Come All Ye Faithful". The rest of us joined and we worshiped God together. Beautiful majestic God, do we worship You. After that song finished, Andrew started off the Doxology, which we all said together in reverent praise. By the time we finished, the artists were off-stage and we were all thinking about the most glorious God of Heaven. As it should be. Praise be to God. Amen and Amen.

And far too many words, my friends. My apologies! And now I am off to do some errands and be about the rest of my day. Peace and love, my dear friends.

Light of day is fading fast and
night is cold and wan
and the moon
smiles sheepishly.

Yet - bubbling vegetable stew
and soft flickering candles
and a glass of wine upon the table.

Song of day is soaring forth and
night is warm and full
and the girl
blushes radiantly.

Good evening, my friends!

The light is slowly fading here in Houston and I say goodbye to a lovely Saturday. It's been a grey day here...but somehow that accentuated the beauty all the more. Clouds scudding before the wind and autumnal leaves dancing across the city pavement and the kiss of the winter light upon the earth. And as I drove around this day, I couldn't help but think of the God who made it all. And now I listen to Handel's Messiah as I write this, firmly convinced it's one of the greatest pieces of music ever composed. Surely it is my favorite piece, that I cannot deny. In a little bit, I'm going to start getting dinner ready...going to be a delicious vegetable and bean soup(carrots, celery, onion, tomatoes, beans, etc....), recipe graciously passed to me by Dad! A perfect warm meal for a winter evening. Maybe I'll even write a bit of something? I can always hope! Peace, my dear friends.

Evening, friends!! I am just enjoying some post-workout yogurt and realised it's been a while since I've posted here you go! I've survived a long and moderately tough day at work and so right now as I sit and rest(and as I'm about to enjoy a yummy dinner of fish fillets, french fries and tomato salad!) I simply thank my Lord God for all that He has done for me. Truly, I praise His most wondrous name! Peace.

Onions and Sage
Good afternoon friends!! I have a couple of minutes to I thought why not? I've enjoyed a productive and relaxing Saturday(are those mutually exclusive? I think not) and I'm about to head out in a few minutes to Youth Reach to hang out with the kids there! Our night there is Thanksgiving-themed, so of course...I decided I had to make Mom's classic stuffing. It's in the oven now and smelling delicious and I am sorely tempted to just stay in tonight and eat that for my dinner! It would be an amazingly awesome dinner, I gotta say. And it's a grey wet day outside...hence the temptation to stay inside. But no, I can't abandon all my friends and deprive them of delicious stuffing.

Earlier today, I was at Beans of course. Really wanted to write something(been a while since I've written any stories or poetry...) but sadly my muse failed me and I just could not write. Alas. Maybe tomorrow after church! Now, I need to start getting ready to head out, but hope you all have a most delightful Saturday evening!

Good morning, friends!! This is a quick-before-work update...I just couldn't resist writing a few words! It's delightfully cold(36 degrees outside! ...or 2 degrees, if there's any non-Americans reading this!) A busy day is ahead of me, but right now, I'm just enjoying sitting here nice and cozy in my turtleneck/sweater combo and drinking my steaming hot honey-laced coffee. My hands may be cold. My heart is warm. Peace, my friends - have a most glorious Tuesday!!!

First Fruits
Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I
preached to you, which also you received, in which also you
stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the
word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also
received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day
according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas,
then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than
five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain
until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared
to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all,
as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. For I am
the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle,
because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God
I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain;
but I labored more than all of them, yet not I, but
the grace of God with me. Whether then it was I or they,
so we preach and so you believed...

...Now I say this brethren, that flesh and blood
cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does
the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep,
but we will all be changed, in a moment,
in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet;
for the trumpet will sound, and the dead
will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
For this perishable must put on the imperishable,
and this mortal must put on immortality.
But when this perishable will have put on
the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on
immortality, then will come about the saying
that is written, "Death is swallowed up in victory.
O Death, where is your victory, O Death, where is your sting?"
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;
but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast,
immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

-1 Corinthians 15:1-11,50-58

Very tempted to write all of 1 Corinthians 15. I refrained. What glorious words. What beauty. What truth. Glory be to God, forever and ever. Amen.