I woke early again today.
Lots going on these days; many friends on my mind,
joys, sadness, losses, sudden upsets: life.
I am so glad for the life I have and that I am
building traditions for our home.
One of these is changing out the clear votive candle holders
for red ones, both kinds I use to burn oil in as lampadas
by my icons in our dining area of our home.
I was sure to keep some tall candles lit while I was in the
process; I always want candles or lampadas lit in my home
for prayers that are for many people and needs...
I find esp. with the big fasts,
the 40 day Nativity Fast and the Fast of Great Lent,
that once they are here I am so relieved.
A chance to clean, to make better,
to look into one's soul a bit more,
to ask the Lord to make all the crooked strait in oneself,
to ask for mercy as we look towards the great Feasts of Christmas,
Theophany and Pascha...
All the lampadas are changed now,
the clear ones are clean and drying on the counter.
Today is a day that my heart and mind are so full of so many things.
I hope to do more baking today; the Saint Nicholas cookie baking has begun.
I am working on bookstore orders for my church,
thinking of the many feasts we have coming.
Next Sunday is St. Katherine's day already!
I am so grateful for this season of the year!
God is merciful to us!
God Immanuel comes at Christmas time...
Here's how I do my lampadas, FYI.
What are your traditions in this Nativity Fast/Advent time?
Would love to hear!