”Tis the Season
In my mind today, I’m reflecting on the blessings in my life. When your blessings are so, so numerous that you have a hard time listing them then you are living right. When you are able to see them instead of your woes, you are truly fortunate. Your assignment students is to list three of your blessings and then whisper a thanks be to God for them. Then, Bless three other people. Then see what happens. And yes, back row you can list no school for two weeks starting this Friday as a blessing!
This is the second week of advent. This week we focus on the return of Jesus. Our hope is in the saving of the world: the good, the bad, and the ugly. In the meantime, each of us is called to bring Jesus to the world in our actions. We should be blessing others by being Christ in the world. I’ve had so many unexpected blessings: my youth Group, our coming home committee, and Christmas carolers from a former student. Lately, my eyes and heart are seeing so much in my little nook of the world. It’s beautiful.
Blessings and tidings of joy flow. They are in flux. One of my biggest blessings is my family. My Aunt Linda is one of the most selfless people I know. She truly has a servant’s heart. My Aunt Linda is the one who gives me baths each day because of my immobility. She and I talk about blessings flowing all the time. It’s usually while we are in the shower. Students, do you want blessings, good tidings, and cheer? They flow. Really. The more you give, the more you get. So why are you waiting? Start helping others. There are as many ways to bless others as there are snowflakes. So, my snow-people start spreading your magic this season.
Be jolly! Yes, there are always reasons to smile. Watching children visit Santa is so entertaining. Seeing an older couple still giddy to be together 50 years later, always makes me smile. Young people going to holiday dances all dressed up and bubbling over with excitement are automatic mood changers. This is the season to be merry, very. Sal the Jolly Gal wants you during this second week of Advent to be the Hope of Christ coming back to earth. I Hope and pray you can. ”Tis the Season for Love.
Sarah Anderson Alley
Sal the Blessed Gal
Quotes of the Day:
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”
Roy L. Smith
“For it is in giving that we receive.”
St. Francis of Assisi
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.”
Thomas S. Monson