Back: Gary Meade, Melissa Brubaker, Randy Butler
Front: Melissa Clark, Sal, Mary Claire Hopper
Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak, Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God… Isaiah 35: 3-4
In my mind today, I'm going through lists: bills, cards, church events, and gifts list. As I perused my Amazon app trying to find items for family and friends, I always halt before pushing that proceed to checkout button. I go to my bank app and to try to decide on how to give meaningful, useful gifts and stay within our budget. I watch the Amazon app timer tick away warning me of losing my hard thought of gifts. Oh the inhumanity! I hear ya Grinch.
My husband is literally the best. He always asks, "What do you want for Christmas?" He worries about me and he always has. I replied, "I have everything." And I do. My name is not Sal Rockefeller, but I have everything that matters. My entire existence is immersed in Love from my home to my errands. They are all drenched in Love. My heart is so full. My mind is so peaceful. I'm tingling as I pen this blog because the gift I have has taken over everything in my life. It guides my thoughts and words and what I do. I'm free. I sit in my wheelchair and just feel an energy guiding me. Only one person can give this unending gift and I accepted it long ago. In that acceptance, all hills were made low and every valley filled. My knees may not be strong and my hands are very feeble, but God makes everything okay. He really does.
My Advent Journey 2018 is and will continue to be one of joy regardless of the Amazon timer and only one thumb working to peck out my thankfulness. I will continue to sojourn through my earthly life with praise and Thanksgiving doing all that I am called to do. This blog was one of them. Please accept this gift from my heart and not a store. Remember these are the best gifts. Back row if you need extra credit here are some ideas: ring a bell for the Salvation Army, serve at a soup kitchen, sponsor a child or family or donate toys to Matthew 25:40's outreach, reconcile with a family member or friend, and to everyone you meet say "Merry Christmas" because He's here. If you haven't unopened that 2000 year old gift, no time is like the present! Did you catch that pun back row?
Sarah Anderson Alley
Sal the Advent Gal
Join me at Wal-mart ringing the bell:
December 22nd 11-5pm
Will @ 12-1
George & crew 2-3
Aiden @ 3-4 pm
Ms. Alley @ 4-5
1 slots available
December 21st 9-5 pm
George & crew 11-12
Tanya @ 1-2
Ms. Alley @ 2-3
Aiden @ 3-4
4 slots available
Working the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen January 5th 10-2 PM
Donate time, clothes, food, or money to Matthew 25:40.
432 W. Court Street
Dyersburg, TN 38024
Quote of the Day:
"Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white.' "