Christmas, Daily Sunshine

Christmas makes us better

Today’s Sunshine:

christmas-2“We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit,
become a child again at Christmastime.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder

In the middle of my cleaning I found this writing by Archbishop Oscar Romero. It is very good. I think I will make it my “Mission statement” for myself.

Archbishop Oscar Romero

It helps, now and then, to step back
and take the long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts
it is beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of
the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete,
which is another way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about:
We plant seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast  that produces effects beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything
and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders,
ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

Isn’t that nice? One always finds forgotten treasures when cleaning.

christmas-cheer-2aToday’s tiny bit of Christmas cheer was to put up this little lamp that my sister, Barb gave me one year. Very cute. It brings a nice red glow to a darkened corner of the living room.

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Today’s Three Sunshine (Gratitude) Moments:
1. Jon bought me a new file cabinet. Super nice. (both Jon and the cabinet!)
2. Snack time: ‘Garlic Triscuits’ and Pepper Jack cheese.
3. Watched my first “Abbott and Costello” movie last night. Different but fun.

Sunshine Puzzles

Christmas, Cat and Snowmen puzzles.

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1 thought on “Christmas makes us better”

  1. I love the lamp. Abbot and Costello are funny , I like the 3 Stooges, especially when I was young, I really liked them.
    Grateful for
    Ice tea
    Henry sleeping next to me
    Blue sky


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