Friday, December 05, 2008

Friday Five for Advent

Today's RevGalBlogPal posts brings the following:

Christ is with us at this time of advent, in the darkness, and Christ is coming with his light- not the light of the shopping centre, but the light of love and truth and beauty. What do you long for this advent? What are your hopes and dreams for the future? What is your prayer today?

In the vein of simplicity we've been asked to list five advent longings. And I have to admit this is a tricky list to make. Do you wish for the big things for the whole world? Or the smaller thinks for your corner of the neighborhood? I did a little of each.

  1. Less arguing. Not just peace for the world but peace in our daily lives.
  2. More wishes that we all have "a blessed day". This way of saying farewell was new to me when I came to Philadelphia. But there are a lot of church people who rather than saying "Have a good day," when they leave a place or just saying "Good bye" use this phrase instead. It is always a blessing to me when I receive these words. I only wish it was said more often and by more people.
  3. People reading the Bible and knowing how much they are loved by God.
  4. A personal wish for some quiet time for rest, relaxation and reflection.
  5. A deeper appreciation for all that God does, has done and will do in my life. Sometimes I just need to be reminded to stop and give thanks.

So that's my list! The artwork is by Roger Hutchinson. Hope you have a Happy Advent and a blessed day.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Santa Baby- Bookstore Style!

Over the last three years, I have sent quirky emails to the seminary faculty and students to entice them to come down to the store for various reasons. One of my favorite students suggested that I should just blog these things. So here's today's email sent to the faculty with the hope that they will send me their booklists- soon!

To the tune of Santa Baby....

(baboom baboom baboom baboom) (baboom baboom baboom baboom)

Santa Baby,
Just slip some book lists under the tree,
For me!
Been an awful good girl,
Santa Baby,
So hurry down the chimney tonight!

Santa baby,
Some January syllabi too

They’re due!
I'll wait up for you, dear
Santa baby,
So hurry down the chimney tonight!

Think of all the fun I've missed.
Think of all the students that I haven't dissed.
Next year I could be just as good,
If you'll check off my Christmas list!

Santa Baby,
I want to mark the invoices “bought,”
Really that’s not
A lot.

Been an angel all year,
Santa Baby,
So hurry down the chimney tonight!

Santa honey,
one little thing I really need

To read
Dr. Wengert’s book list,
Santa Baby,
So hurry down the chimney tonight!

Santa cutie, and fill my mailbox with some fed ex
And texts,
For the purchasing line,
Santa cutie,
and hurry down the chimney tonight!

Come and trim my Christmas tree
With some emails from the profs at LTSP!
I really do believe in you.
Lets see if you believe in me!

Santa Baby,
Forgot to mention one little thing

A ring.
Yes, I mean on the phone!
Santa Baby,
please call me with the book lists tonight!

Hurry down the chimney tonight!