Coop Brings Us Together for A Night

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This month my coop celebrated Hannukah, and Christmas, the month before Italian Heritage night, and earlier in the year we also celebrated Jewish New Year, and Chinese New Year.  The beauty of it is we share in each other’s traditions. It doesn’t matter what our background is, we share, we enjoy each other’s traditions, company, friendship.  We can have neighborly disagreements, but on these evenings, doesn’t matter, we come together in support of each other’s culture, traditions, and we just have fun, the kids have fun.  I thought about it last night, how nations could learn a lot from my coop.  Our board is culturally diverse, and we have immigrants on the board, immigrants who love this nation, love the opportunities given to them.   The joy we get from these celebrations, from being with our neighbors, being able to share in that, in these different traditions is a beautiful thing.  Immigration, properly done, is a vital part of our society and enriches when properly implemented etc…  May we find joy in the season and if we have the chance to share in different cultural traditions with friends and neighbors, may we embrace that. 

Shalom and Amen.

No Peace Found…

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This can apply to any time of the year.  Accomplishments, being liked, prosperity, even wealth are not bad within themselves provided you achieved them honorably.  However they are fleeting, can come and go anytime, they are not fixed, not alpha and omega.  Spirituality, spiritual core, objective well discerned spiritual truths that won’t be compromised are.  I thought about this and in spite of the fibromyalgia and times like now where the IBS is acting up like crazy, I have pain everywhere, I have peace, total peace.  My economic picture is not great, and if my mom were to pass, who lives with me, and her pension wasn’t there, I’d likely have to sell my coop and go into a 55 plus rental community or senior rental community in New Jersey.  Yet, I am totally at peace with that possibility.  Peace is perhaps the greatest gift God can give, spiritual centering can give.  Not to say one shouldn’t have goals and direction in life, but if those material goals are the core of your life, identity etc…, that’s sad, truly sad.  Let’s hope this Holiday Season we focus on what matters and into the New Year. 

Amen

Advent Ideas, Prepare for the Light

Advent Ideas

If you are a person of faith, and have a family, friends that are your family, share your Christian faith, create activities to share it.  Why does Advent matter? Before the actual wedding, you have a lot of pr-wedding activities and preparations.  Reason being that you need to really let it sink in that this momentous event is going to be taking place.  Sometimes those around us make us nuts and add to the stress, but if you have a group of people around you that work to ease stress, then those things matter, as does counseling prior.  To help have it sink in that you are awaiting the birth of the Savior, Christ, Lord, King, a calendar of things you can do is a good idea.  I hope you find these ideas helpful and fun. 

Namaste, Shalom and Amen

Thanksgiving Nature and Thanks Decor

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Thanksgiving is a time of Thanks, and it can also be a time for teaching.  If we use nature for our decor, even lanterns, with candlelight to light them, we can teach young people about the bounty of God, about the beauty of creation, creative inspiration of the creator.  We can teach prayer to give thanks for all of that and to tap into the creativity of nature, that nature inspires.  Yes, the turkey and stuffing etc.. are yummy, let’s teach about thanks, about the creative love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Let’s make this a very spiritual  Thanksgiving, not just one of stuffing our faces.  Shalom and Amen

Festive Foods of Channukah

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Don’t get me wrong I love Christmas, and celebrating the Lord’s birth, keeping that as the focus, something the world has forgotten and somehow the focus is all about the decorations and presents, big parties, not the meaning of the season I have to point out!  However, were it not for Abraham and the Jewish people, their accepting the faith of the One True God, that worldview etc.. there be no Christianity, so I honor sharing also about Chanukah.  May we be appreciative of our Hebraic roots and stand with the Jewish people and Israel through thick and thin. 

Candle Prayers

This year my health really knocked me out and I did not get an advent wreath and we only put up the nativity scene, not even the tree, kept it simple as myself and my 93 year old mum have had a rough time health wise. However, if I had gotten the wreath it would have been great to have these prayers to reflect on.  You can vary them, modify them to your own heartfelt words, but they are a nice model to work with.

 

Advent Candle Prayers