Well, November is over. The blog challenge is completed, and I want to take time off… and that’ll probably be a bad idea for me! I have decided to keep going – although if I miss a day, I’m not going to stress over it, and I won’t be tweeting and advertising that I’m carrying on. I felt bad towards the end, as though my friends might be tired of seeing that I had posted yet again…and when would I ever stop!? Were they really thinking that? Probably not. Some visited and read the blog, many ignored. Just like I tune out things on Twitter and Facebook…all the time. 🙂
The Theme for the month – I think – will be Blessings. It was the “thing” to do on Facebook for November – a month of being thankful for, well, for whatever people were thankful for. I am oddly reluctant to do what “everyone” is doing – I don’t mind doing it before or after, but I dislike being part of the trend in the moment. But being a month late bothers me not at all! 🙂
Today, I am grateful for the blessing of corporate worship.
I enjoyed church today – from the hymns and music to the sermon to the Great Thanksgiving (Communion or the Eucharist). I love church most days (I am not such a saint that it doesn’t occasionally feel like a frustrating chore). I am grateful for the people I sit with (and those I see), the scriptures and messages I hear, and the constant reminder of the Goodness of God. I know I mentioned yesterday that today is the first day of Advent. We lit the first candle of the Advent Wreath, the Light of Hope.
One verse of the (for me) quintessential hymn for Advent, O Come, O Come Emmanuel:
O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.