HAPPINESS IS HOMEMADE HAPPY THANKSGIVING

“Community means that people come together around the table, not just to feed their bodies, but to feed their minds and their relationships.”

–Henri J.M. Nouwen

The holidays give us hope.  The feast of good eating fills the belly.  Family and friends catch up on life’s stories.  The season of giving begins.  How can we make the coming days very special?  Why not create holy moments like:

Be patient, less demanding, affirm someone, overlook an offense, praise someone doing something good, make a stranger feel welcome, give someone a life-changing book, write a love letter, clean up someone’s mess, bake sweets for your neighbor, help pay for someone at the cash register, pray for those less fortunate, say ‘thank you’ for the smallest, good thing that happens to you…LOL.  This all starts off with Thanksgiving Day.

Happiness is homemade.  Let’s hope God is remembered in all of this hoopla.

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PURUSE YOUR DREAMS

“Set wide the window.  Let me drink the day.”

–Edith Wharton

I like this expression, “Let me drink the day,” like the happy dreams I have for myself, and not those sometime eerie nocturnal mirages.  I journal my dreams because they are easy to forget, and usually in time I decipher their meaning.  What do you do with yours?

Like Walt Disney says, “All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

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TABLE FOR TWO

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

–Matthew 6:21

I live because You knit my being

I praise You because you knew my self

You even drew my bones from earth

You gave me eyes for all my actions

and days before one came to pass

I thank you Abba Father for my life

My heart contains all your treasures.

Table for Two Among the Lavenders by Sally Rosenbaum

MARY, EXALTED ON HIGH

“And Mary was in the temple of the Lord as a dove that is nurtured; and she received food from the hand of an angel.”

–Protogospel of James

In the Roman tradition Mary’s birth is celebrated today.

She is a source of faith, hope and charity.

A compelling benefactor.

Her goodness is extended to all.

She will crush the head of the dragon.

She answers every prayer.

Head of the Madonna by Andrea del Sarto

RAYS OF JOY

My joy does not depend on the approval of others.

My higher power beams rays of joy no matter what goes around me.

Joyfully eating a freshly baked biscuit for breakfast.

Joy is seeing my doggies roll over on their backs after a refreshing bath in the sunshine.

Joy is taking a friend for a Happy Birthday lunch.

O, Joy you make everything sparkle new.

See, I write with a bold joyfulness.

All of us have the talent to live Joy!

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