Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas!

We have spent the last couple of days driving through WI, attending a candlelight service, feasting on food prepared by our moms, eating cookies for breakfast, skyping, and spending time with family. Loki has helped us unwrap gifts and is my constant companion while at the Brenna household, as we think he knows that I didn't initially live here. We will see some friends and make some yummy cake pops before going home sometime tomorrow.

I am thankful for my co-workers who worked their holiday rotation and for a long weekend off so that I could spend Christmas with my family. I know that many people - whether from work or distance or illness - don't have the opportunity to be with their loved ones. It is a blessing to come "home" to connect and relax.

 I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas as well.  

Of the Father's love begotten, err the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega, the source, the ending he
Of the things that are, the have been, and that future years shall see.
Evermore and evermore.

Oh that birth forever blessed when the virgin full of grace, 
By the Holy Ghost conceiving, bare the Savior of our race, 
And the babe, the world's Redeemer, first revealed his sacred face
Evermore and evermore.

O ye heights of heaven adore him: angel hosts, his praises sing;
Powers, dominions, bow before him and extol our God and King.
Let no tongue on earth be silent, every voice in concert ring
Evermore and evermore. 

Christ, to thee with God the Father, and O Holy Ghost, to thee
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving and unending praises be,
Honor, glory and cominion, nd eternal victory 
Evermore and evermore. 

(Corde natus ex Parentis, Aureluis C. Prudentuis, 4th century) 

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