Author: lana1967

Meditating On the Longest Night of the Year

Spirituality
I thought I knew what I wanted to write about for this blog post, but I think I'll save that for another day. I woke up this morning feeling tired and drained and just plain icky. So I rolled over and went back to sleep. The next time I woke up I had a sore throat and a really dry mouth. I thought, oh, great, I'm getting sick. I got up, got something to drink, stayed up for a while, then again went back to bed. The next time I woke up the sore throat was pretty much gone, but as they say, my "get up and go" had gotten up and left. Just before I sat down to write this post, I realized, oh, yeah. Tomorrow's the Solstice. Tonight's the longest night of the year. Lovely. So now that I've slept most of the day, will I be up all night on the longest night of the year? But lest you despair that

Ok, so what about the pink candle?

Spirituality
As I said last week, I grew up Southern Baptist, but I don't really have a foundation in what Advent is all about. So when I saw the picture I posted last week of the Advent candles, somebody said it had always bothered them to see the pink candle where it was. They never understood why it was there, and their "obsessive side wishing for color order like a proper box of crayons." Another person in the conversation said it had bothered them for 30 years. I have to admit, y'all, that it had never once occurred to me to wonder this. But here you go. This came from the Chicago archdiocese's Office of Peace and Justice, who were the ones who tweeted the picture of the dog and the candles in response to the request of Emily Miller, Digital Editor Social Media and Engagement at the Chicago Sun-Ti

Jesus Very Soon–Advent WOW

Spirituality
This was one of the most adorable things I saw this week, and I really wanted to share it with you all. Advent is one of those seasons that I don't know much about. I only know "1 advent songe," and that is "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel." I'm sure I've sung others, but I grew up in the Southern Baptist tradition and never attended one faith denomination consistently. My knowledge is about as extensive as this dog's. (I'm gonna call him Jesus--like hay-sus), but I know this much. "Jesus very soon"--the real Jesus. Don't stress about holiday preparations or spending money on gifts or not spending money on gifts. Remember two things. Jesus very soon, and Advent WOW. Nothing else really matters. Love to all y'all. Oh, and I learned about the pink candle this week, thanks to this picture. I'll t