The Day After and Idina Menzel

Yesterday morning started at 5am when I entered my post for this blog.  Then Bridgette and went on a walk, got a coffee, and hustled ourselves to get to a Thanksgiving church service at 9:30, while Bradley played football with some classmates.  It was a great beginning for me.  Our church service moved us to a place of gratitude as we were reminded by Pastor Randy that Jesus broke bread with his disciples, just before he was to be nailed to a cross.  In that moment, he gave thanks, and shared it with people he loved.

Starting my Thanksgiving with a stunning reminder of what Jesus did for us amongst the anguish of his imminent but willing sacrifice allowed everything else to fall into place.  Nothing in that moment of recognition was absolved for me. Heartache still settles in my soul about things that are a result of a family divided.  Yet, when I think about Jesus, and the purity of his sacrifice, his immmeasurable commitment without an angle that served his own purpose, my heart fills with gratitude.  It’s a sense that is so significant that I want it with me at all times, particularly for those times that I’m reminded of what I’m missing; what my kids are missing.

The music was beautiful worship songs with lyrics that speak deep. One of them is called Never Once by Matt Redman.   A few verses and chorus go like this: To hear it go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=722zPX1npcA… I’ve got to learn how to add music to my blog!

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Speaking of music, Idina Menzel’s CD is awesome. She has the same sassy style, rich delivery, and enviable range that we know from her Broadway roles. She doesn’t quite defy gravity in this album.  But there are times it feels like Elphaba singing  “December Prayer”, “Silent Night”, “River”, and other songs, that’s very satisfying for me.

We had a fabulous time at our friends’/relatives’ house.

We watched Seattle beat San Francisco.  We played a game called Loaded Questions, an old favorite where we guess who thinks what, and I ate my share and more.  Pastor Randy commented that he steers away from anything green and tends to lean into foods that are brown. I can attest to that, but I also like the greens, typically that include fats that start with B, such as B-A-C-O-N and B-U-T-T-E-R.

Melted butter on top of Yellow cake mix. Walnuts to the right, for those of us who have to have nuts in our desserts. Recipe by Yummly

Pumpkin Spice Dump Cake just about to go into the oven. Melted butter on top of Yellow cake mix. Walnuts to the right, for those of us who have to have nuts in our desserts.
Recipe by Yummly. I used my app on my phone.

A conversation I had with myself and God was that too much is considered gorging.  I’m back on track.  I hope you ate great food. And I hope that conversations with God brought you to a place of gratitude and comfort.

My plate. It includes a green bean recipe from Pinterest: add bacon.

My plate. It includes a green bean recipe from Pinterest: add bacon.

 

 

 

 

 

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