Merry Christmas Eve from Isle of Palms (where we’re celebrating Christmas this year with my family). We cannot complain about the unseasonably warm temperatures (in the 70s our first two days here). We’re about to head into town for dinner at Magnolias followed by a candlelight service. Tomorrow we’re staying on the island. No gifts this year (too hard to travel with), but we have lots of fun games (Anomia and Tenzi are our new favorites), good books to read, a beach to take long walks on (especially if the sun sticks around), and all the ingredients for a delicious Christmas dinner.
Before I sign off for the rest of 2013, I thought I would share this benediction from our church’s Lessons & Carols service earlier this month:
May the joy of the angels,
the eagerness of the shepherds,
the perseverance of the wise men,
the obedience of Joseph and Mary,
and the peace of the Christ child
be yours this Christmas;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.