Greetings everyone and Happy Lucia Day (aka Saint Lucy's Day on December13) - a day which ranks among the most important days on the Swedish calendar. It honors a young Christian girl, martyred in ancient Rome who is always portrayed with her head encircled by a halo of lights. Though it's not officially part of Advent, for many Swedes Lucia Day forms the gateway to the Christmas season. It is a day for boisterous winter fun, with the first sleigh rides of the season and singing loud enough to frighten off the gnomes.Great idea, Bob. The problem is picking 5 out of over 250! The Stopping the World series is six by itself, so, even though they are my personal favs, I'll eliminate them, and see what I come up with.
In the spirit of frightening the gnomes, everyone is invited to participate in this. The instructions are simple (you can post these or pass them along to other blogging buddies):
1. Create an entry with your best 5 entries of the year.
2. Send me the entry link at email@example.com
3. I am going to repost your entry on http://thecorner.typepad.com/top5/ ( here )
4. Subscribe to the RSS feed
5. Spread the word
6. Enjoy the fun.
(idea cribbed from: http://www.apennyfor.com/top24/)
My prayers are with you & your ministries during this season of Advent.
To you & all of yours, I pray this Christmas blessing be true:
The light of the Christmas star to you
The warmth of home and hearth to you
The cheer and good will of friends to you
The hope of a childlike heart to you
The joy of a thousand angels to you
The love of the Son and God's peace to you.
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not
they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody's
business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will
render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy if anything can.
-- Thomas Merton
1. ...even at the grave...
2. Longing for Home
3. A Ghost From the Past
5. Healing the Wounds
That wasn't really so hard after all. Once I eliminated all the posts that were primarily links or quotes of others, then all the "emotionally unstable" ones, and finally the political ones (national and church), there weren't that many left.
Your turn. Follow Bob's directions.