Monday, December 31, 2007

A Family Christmas

We are half way through the Sabbath time of Christmas. This time between the celebration of the birth of Emmanuel and the celebration of the the coming of the gentile seekers at Epiphany is in some sense a sabbath. Many of us have taken time off from work and school and we gather for Eucharistic celebrations with a God who chose to come to us so intimately in family and agape love.

Personally it is also a time of family as we have been able to spend it with all of our children and grandchildren. Our celebration began with Midnight Mass at our youngest daughter's parish. They are blessed with a pastor who is clearly delighted to be the spiritual father of this cluster of God's people. Following Mass we gathered for a birthday party for Jesus compete with cake and blue candle, a family tradition for almost seventy years.

On Christmas day we gathered at our oldest daughter's home for a holy day meal and our family gift exchange. Since all our descendants and their spouses and ex spouses were present we took the opportunity to take generation photographs for use on the family tree pages of our personal website.

May peace of Emmanuel's presence be with you this Christmas Sabbath time.

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