Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends. Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE!!! Just COPY (NOT FORWARD) this entire email and paste into a new e-mail that you can send. Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then send this to a whole bunch of people you know, INCLUDING the person that sent it to you. Tis the Season to be NICE!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Bags because I am a terrific gift wrapper but lazy and procrastinate to the last minute.

2. Real tree or artificial? Real - we cut our own in the Shoshone National Forest a few minutes from home.

3. When do you put up your tree? Whenever - but never take it down until Epiphany - Jan 6.

5. Do you like eggnog? YUCK - artery clogging glop that sticks to your mouth.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? a bike

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes- made by Barbara Hughes plus a bunch of odd ones I have collected.

8. Hardest person to buy for? everyone I know.

9. Easiest person to buy for? Our grandson, Lander - he is only 6 months old

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? more doll clothes when I wanted a mitt and cowboy boots.

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? both

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? A Christmas Story --- Jean Shepherd - just like our childhood!

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Argghh is it time to shop??

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I will never tell!

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Norwegian Rommegrot

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Colored! Flashing!

17. Favorite Christmas song? Angels we have heard on high -- but most all carols and the opera - Amahl and the Night Visitors

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Going to the Oregon Coast with all the kids and grands following Midnight mass at Rock Springs, WY

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Yep!

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning (only heretics open presents on Christmas eve!! unless you are a child and can't wait)

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? staving off the memories of childhood

23. Do you decorate your tree in any specific theme or color? Theme - never -- we hang ornaments from all the eras of our lives - handmade ornaments from the kids when they were in pre-school -- fading glass balls from the "dime" store -- bits and pieces from all over. NO tinsel!!!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Ready or not here I come. In the long evenings of summer in the Irvington neighborhood of Portland (see Beverly Cleary books for stories of our time and place), the kids on our block would play hide and seek. As you know the person who is IT counts to 20 or 30 or some number - long enough for others to hide. Most of our backyards were linked by paths known to all of us so there were plenty of hiding places in the bushes and behind the buildings. If you were found you joined IT to find the others.
Last night after writing my previous blog and reading Dylan's Lectionary Blog on Advent 2, I awoke thinking about the line "Prepare ye the way of the Lord" -- and thought - "Ready or not here I come!" That's it - that's what he is saying - God is coming and it does not matter where you are hiding - in the depth of addiction, in meanness of spirit, in self doubt, in disbelief - God is IT - in Jesus, seeking us out wherever we may be.
The freedom of not hiding anymore, not crouched down, curled up - but free to stand with God who stands with us.