The sun rises, the sun sets; then to its place it speeds and there it rises. -Ecclesiastes 1:5
28 December 2009
17 December 2009
If all goes well, I'll soon be on a long, long journey to be somewhere really, really far from France.
So here's wishing everyone everywhere a peaceful, restful Christmas. May you all be surrounded by love and blanketed in comfort.
I'll be flying back on the night of the 24th -- I'm hoping that perhaps, just perhaps, I'll be looking out of the airplane window and see a certain sleigh led by a group of reindeers.
14 December 2009
We were decorating the church when the children came in and told us, "It's snowing outside!"
The light, fluffy snow melted as soon as it touched the stone pavement. As I looked up to the sky and watched it fall, the word that came to my mind was "forgiveness."
We sang carols (my favorite part was singing "Silent Night" in German), chatted with friends afterwards, and headed home with a cup of vin chaud in hand.
11 December 2009
Mark doesn't say anything at all about the event. John's account is abstract and figurative.
Matthew mentions the Magi but not the shepereds. Nothing about the manger, either.
Luke doesn't discuss the wise men, but gives the poor, lonely shepherds the big honor.
And did anyone really say anything, anywhere, about the inn being overbooked? Guess it's time to find out.
07 December 2009
I love outdoors markets, especially the seaonal ones.
I've been to many Christmas markets in my life, but Marché de Noël de Lyon may just be the best one I've ever been to.
I've already been there twice, and I'm planning at least one more trip down there.
And why not? Even if I don't buy anything, it's so much fun to just walk around and look. Of course, it's hard to get out of there without buying anything!
There's plenty of food, and if it gets a bit too cold, there's vin chaud. Ahhhh.
The prices tend to be high, but these are all artisan stuff. Beautifully made, beautifully packaged.
The vendors all display their goods very artistically. Again, it's fun just to look. Can I go around one more time?
No, my son says. I have to bribe him with food. Would you like crepe, soup, or German sausage?
These chocolate chunks with wooden spoons are for chocolat chaud -- one for 3€, four for 10€, or ten for 20€. Guess how many I bought?