Today Father Dave hit the spot with his homily. He spoke of Epiphany and that it is not just a memory. Not something to look back on, but something that happens every day, many times a day. The Epiphany of the birth of a new child, or a first word spoken, or a beautiful sunrise. It is seeing the wonder and awe of God's Love for us in His creation.
He spoke of the words of the prayer and hymn "O Holy Night". Fall on your knees. O Hear the angels voices. O night Divine." Fall on your knees at the awesome beauty and splendor of God's creation. Take time to notice the beauty in what surrounds us. Your home, your family, your work. It is there, waiting to be discovered and take your breath away.
Let God's beauty and majesty take your breath away. The kindness of a friend or neighbor. The smile of your child. The joy in knowing they are experiencing something for the first time. The gentle kiss from your spouse. The smell of dinner cooking. The taste of something created with love. These are those "fall on your knees" moments.
Father read a piece from Ann Landers at the end of his homily. On resolutions in the new year. One that struck me was this "Deep six the trash. You wouldn't eat garbage - why put it in your head?" I want to add or feed it to your children. Sometimes this world can be so hard on parents. It is not easy to say no to the world for the sake of your children. It is definitely not easy to teach them to say no.
Love them. Love them. Love them. Don't let them eat the garbage.
You can find the rest of Ann Landers' column here.
I love each and every one of you. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read this little blog of mine. May you always find it to be uplifting and joyful. And if it's not..send me a comment to fix it. :)