It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Friday, December 29, 2006

A NEW YEAR PRAYER



New Year Prayer

God grant us this year a wider view,
So we see others' faults through the eyes of You.
Teach us to judge not with hasty tongue,
Neither the adult ... nor the young.

Give us patience and grace to endure
And a stronger faith so we feel secure.
Instead of remembering, help us forget
The irritations that caused us to fret.

Freely forgiving for some offense
And finding each day a rich recompense.
In offering a friendly, helping hand
And trying in all ways to understand;

That all of us whoever we are ...
Are trying to reach an unreachable star.
For the great and small ... the good and bad,
The young and old ... the sad and glad

Are asking today; Is life worth living?
The answer is only in, loving and giving.
For only Love can make man kind
And Kindness of Heart brings Peace of Mind.

By giving love, we can start this year
To lift the clouds of hate and fear.

author- Helen Steiner Rice

My prayer for you all is that this is the best ever New Year!

'On Ya' - ma

A NEW YEAR PRAYER



New Year Prayer

God grant us this year a wider view,
So we see others' faults through the eyes of You.
Teach us to judge not with hasty tongue,
Neither the adult ... nor the young.

Give us patience and grace to endure
And a stronger faith so we feel secure.
Instead of remembering, help us forget
The irritations that caused us to fret.

Freely forgiving for some offense
And finding each day a rich recompense.
In offering a friendly, helping hand
And trying in all ways to understand;

That all of us whoever we are ...
Are trying to reach an unreachable star.
For the great and small ... the good and bad,
The young and old ... the sad and glad

Are asking today; Is life worth living?
The answer is only in, loving and giving.
For only Love can make man kind
And Kindness of Heart brings Peace of Mind.

By giving love, we can start this year
To lift the clouds of hate and fear.

author- Helen Steiner Rice

My prayer for you all is that this is the best ever New Year!

'On Ya' - ma

Sunday, December 24, 2006



Look For Me at Christmas


If you look for Me at Christmas,
You won't need a special star---
I'm no longer just in Bethlehem,
I'm right there where you are.

You may not be aware of Me
Amid the celebrations---
You'll have to look beyond the stores
And all the decorations.

But, if you take a moment
From your list of things to do
And listen to your heart, you'll find
I'm waiting there for you.

You're the one I want to be with.
You're the reason that I came
And you'll find Me in the stillness,
As I'm whispering your name.

Love Jesus



(Had to share this letter in my mailbox today )

'On Ya' - ma

Saturday, December 23, 2006



4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT – DECEMBER 24TH, 2006


Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for He has visited and brought redemption to His people. (Luke 1:68)


This date is the last day of Advent, Christmas Eve, and also is the first day of Christmas time.

As soon as Jesus was born, visitors began to come. First it was the shepherds. Then the wise men. Then Simeon and Anna. Then even the soldiers of Herod were sent to find Him. Together these visitors represent the people of every nation, coming by every possible path and conveyance to see Christ.

For all of us, the story behind these days can draw us in, and invite us to bring our lives to the mystery of how Jesus came into this world and why. Our best preparation for the Holy Night ahead and the Joyful Morning to follow is for us to reflect upon how he came. He came in the midst of scandal and conflict. He came in poverty. He was rejected before he was born. He was born in a feed trough. He was hunted down. And he grew up in obscurity.

He did not shun our world and its poverty and conflict. He embraced it. And he desires to embrace us today, in this day. Right where we are. Right where we are feeling most distant. Right were we are feeling least "religious" or "ready." If we let him come into our hearts to be our Savior these challenging days, we will find ourselves entering the sacred night and morning of Christmas "joyful and triumphant" as never before.

Go for a ride tonight and view all the colorful Christmas lights. See them as if you have never viewed such wonder before. Allow the lights to shine in your soul and give back to God any pain or hurt you harbor in your heart.


Come, Lord Jesus. Come and visit your people.
We await your coming. Come, O Lord.



Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel. Lord, may we rejoice that Jesus Christ is born anew in our hearts and in our home. Amen



A BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO ALL

‘On Ya’ - ma

Friday, December 22, 2006


DECEMBER 23RD

O Emmanuel, God is With Us: "O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God."


Isaiah 7:14: "Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel".

With this last antiphon our expectation finds joy now in the certainty of fulfillment. We call Jesus by one of the most personal and intimate of his titles, Emmanuel, God-with-us. We recall that in his birth from the Virgin Mary God takes on our very flesh and human nature


O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expected of the nations and their
Savior. Come and save us, O Lord our God.


DECEMBER 22ND

O King of Nations (Gentiles) O Rex Gentium

O KING OF THE GENTILES and their desired One, the Cornerstone that makes both one: come, and deliver man, whom you formed out of the dust of the earth. Amen.

The earlier antiphons have already alluded to the Messiah coming not only to Israel but to convert the gentile nations and redeem them for his own. Now this sixth antiphon clearly addresses the savior as the king of the gentiles (Jer.10:7) and the Desired One of the nations.


DECEMBER 21ST


O Dawn of the East (O Oriens) (also called O Rising Dawn);

O DAWN OF THE EAST, brightness of light eternal, and Sun of Justice: come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. Amen.

Today is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, and the longest night. Though it is the darkest day the Advent candles burn brightly. The church calls from the darkness to her Lord, the Dayspring from on high, who is the joyous light of glory.

Advent calls us out of the darkness to live in the light of Christ, to be the children of the Light that we are. If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. The night is over. The Day has dawned.

These O Antiphones beautifully describe our Advent, preparing for the Birth of Our Lord.

I'll have more Christmas coming soon !

'On Ya' - ma

Tuesday, December 19, 2006




O Adonai or O Lord and Ruler (Exod 6: 13)

December 18th

O Lord and Ruler of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: Come and redeem us with outstretched arm.

Symbol
: Burning bush, stone tablets

O come, O come, great Lord of might, Who to your tribes on Sinai’s height in ancient times once gave the law, in cloud, and majesty, and awe. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel. Amen

December 19th

O Radix Jesse


Root of Jesse, who stands for an ensign of the people, before whom kinds shall keep silence and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication: Come to deliver us, and tarry not.

Symbol: flower, plant with flower, root with flowering stem

December 20th


O Clavis David

O Key of David, and Sceptre of the House of Israel, who opens and no man shuts, who shuts and no man opens: Come and bring forth the captive from his prison, he who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Symbol: Key, broken chains

The key and scepter are traditional symbols of kingly power and authority. Christ, the anointed one, is the heir of David and possessor of the kingdom. Jesus himself also made use of this symbol, showing the prophetic relationship of the earthly kingdom of David to the kingdom of God. Jesus is the key of David, who opens and no one can close, who closes and no one can open. And He entrusts the keys to His church, to bind and loose from sin in His name (Matthew 16:19)

Lord Jesus, during this Advent, come to us in Your grace. Come to prepare our hearts, minds, and bodies to welcome You on Christmas Day. Come to comfort us in sadness, to cheer us in loneliness, to refresh us in weakness, to buttress us in temptation, to lead us in doubt, and to exult with us in joy. Amen.

The season of Advent is like springtime in nature, when everything is renewed and so is fresh and healthy. Advent is also meant to do this to us, to refresh us and make us healthy, to be able to receive Christ in whatever form He may come to us.


Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

More O’s coming soon !

‘On Ya’ - ma

Saturday, December 16, 2006



3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT DECEMBER 17TH, 2006

This week we light the rose candle in the Advent wreath, signifying joy. Too often we think joy means getting what we want.

Joy comes not in getting what we want, but in accepting God’s will, even when we don’t understand it.

Decorate your front door today. Let the world know that they are welcome in your house and that the birth of Christ is celebrated there

December 17th also begins the O Antiphons. the seven jewels of our liturgy, dating back to the fourth century, one for each day until Christmas Eve. These antiphons address Christ with seven magnificent Messianic titles, based on the Old Testament prophecies and types of Christ.

O WISDOM
December 17
Symbols: All-Seeing Eye and the Lamp

Come, and teach us the way of prudence.
O Wisdom, who came from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly, Come, and teach us the way of prudence.

The "all-seeing eye" represents the all-knowing and ever-present God. During the late Renaissance, the eye was pictured in a triangle with rays of light to represent the infinite holiness of the Trinity. The lamp is a symbol of wisdom taken from the parable of the wise and foolish virgins in Matthew 25.


Come, O divine Wisdom, teach us the way of knowledge. We are unwise; we judge and speak according to the vain standards of the world, which is foolishness in the eyes of God.

I’ll try and post each of these antiphons for you . Busy days but am trying to take time out too for the Reason for the Season.

‘On Ya’ – ma

Thursday, December 14, 2006



In the dark days of December comes the wonderful
holiday of Hanukkah, celebrated in Jewish homes.
Originally known as the "Festival of Lights,"


Hanukkah commemorates a miracle that occurred
in 165 B.C., after Judas Maccabaeus and his
followers reclaimed Jerusalem from a Greek emperor
who considered Israel a Greek province.

As part of their rededication ceremony (the word
"Hanukkah" means dedication) the Maccabees
began an eight-day purification rite, only to discover
there was barely enough sacred oil to keep the temple menorah - a candelabrum with eight branches - lit forone day.

Miraculously, the temple lamp burned continuously for eight days. Ever since that time the Jewish people have observed Hanukkah in
remembrance of their struggle for religious freedom
and the miracle of restoration, symbolized by the
abundance of oil.

Many who celebrate Christmas believe that Hanukkah
is a festival reserved solely for those who practice
Judaism. But if it weren't for Hanukkah, we wouldn't be celebrating Christmas.

Had the Maccabees not rebelled against
the Greeks, the Jewish faith would have faded into
Greek culture, never to be heard of again.

No one would have remembered the messianic
promises he claimed to fulfill. Without Hanukkah,
there would have been no Christmas.

Jesus lived his entire life as an
observant Jew. He celebrated Hanukkah as a child;
the Last Supper was a Passover seder. All the apostles
and most of those who became his early followers
were Jewish. The crowds who came to hear Jesus
preach called him "Rabbi," the Hebrew word for
teacher. Perhaps our similarities and heritage are
greater than our differences after all.

The Hanukkah miracle was the
earliest recorded demonstration of Simple Abundance.
Two thousand years ago there was only enough sacred oil for one night.
But all that these faithful, courageous,
and grateful people had was all that they needed.

Sacred oil in a temple. Loaves and fishes on a
mountainside. Miracles are of God, not of any one faith.
Miracles are for anyone who believes.

That is the heart of Hanukkah and the soul of Christmas.
The more we allow ourselves to recognize the wisdom
and truth in other spiritual paths, the closer to
Wholeness we become.

Hanukkah begins at sunset on December 15. After sundown, the first candle of the nine-branch candelabrum (menorah) is lit by a shamash, or service candle, at the center of the menorah. Prayers are said each night during the lighting until all eight candles are lit.

Families sing songs, play games and open gifts. Families eat latkes (potato pancakes) fried in oil to commemorate the "miracle," sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts, also cooked in oil) to remind them of God's sweetness, and dairy foods such as cheese and cream. They gather with family and friends in the warmth of the light shed by the menorah, just as their ancestors did long ago. Happy Hanukkah!


May every heart and every home
Continue through the year
To feel the warmth and wonder
Of this season of good cheer.


Helen Steiner Rice

‘On Ya’ - ma

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

THE GIFT THAT LASTS




Long, Long ago in a land far away
There came the dawn of the first
Christmas Day.

And each year we see that promise reborn
That God gave the world on that first
Christmas morn.

For the silent stars in the timeless skies
And the wonderment in a small child's eyes
The Christmas songs the carolers sing
The tidings of joy that the Christmas bells ring
Remind us again of that still, silent night
When the heavens shone with a wondrous light
And the angels sang of peace on earth
And told me of the Christ Child's birth
For Christmas is more than a beautiful story
It's the promise of life and eternal glory.

Helen Steiner Rice

Peace to you,

'On Ya' - ma

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Second Sunday of Advent



2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT – DECEMBER 10TH, 2006

“‘Hope' is the thing with feathers—That perches in the soul—And sings the tune without the words —And never stops—at all—.” Emily Dickinson

Hope is not blind optimism, nor arrogant certainty, nor wishful thinking. Hope, the theme of today’s Gospel, is the knowledge that God would not desert us, that we will endure difficult times to see a better day.

We light a candle today, a small dim light against a world that often seems forbidding and dark. But we light it because we are a people of hope, a people whose faith is marked by an expectation that we should always be ready for the coming of the Master.

Set aside an annual night to relish simple, old-fashioned joys. Pop some corn and snuggle with a book of sentimental short stories of Christmases past. If you have kids, plan a night of games and pizzas. Saunter through the snow-covered woods, leaving a trail of snow angels behind. Or, if you live in a warmer climate, grab a blanket, head outside, and search for the star in the East. Whatever you do, take reprieve from worries and reflect on Christ's humble birth.

The Magi have already seen the ‘star’ and have started their journey. Are you ready to start the journey of Advent? Will you be able to take time each day, even if for only 5 or 10 minutes and spend time with Jesus in prayer and remember the Reason for the Season - it is not buying gifts.


‘On Ya’ - ma

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

CHRISTMAS PRAYER




Dear Father,

It is Christmas time again. Help me this year to "season" the
celebration with "reason."

Teach me to plan with my family.
May I avoid the clutter that dims my vision and burdens my time.

Keep me mindful of my budget, and help me to remember
that a gift selected with love tugs for- ever at the heartstrings. Shame me for past extravagance.

Remind me to decorate in good taste,
treasuring all of the past blending it with the new,
but holding steadfast to "reason."

Keep me, Dear Father, from strain lest I stray from all thy
teachings. Guide me to the "light" of Christmas.
Help me keep a candle's flame of that "light"
as a constant reminder of my goal--eternity.

I pray for thy love and help,
in the name of thy beloved Son
whose birthday we are observing.



AMEN

With loving thoughts and prayers for all of you,

'On Ya' - ma

Monday, December 04, 2006

Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus

In my e-mail today there was a very nice video to share with you all from the Farmer's Almanac. Thought you might enjoy it too !

'On Ya' - ma

Sunday, December 03, 2006

CHRISTMAS LOVE




Christmas is a time for Love;
a time for Joy and Peace;
A time to trim the Christmas Tree
and a time to stuff the geese.

It's a time when we can come together, however far or near;
To shed a little hope into
a world of sorrow and fear.

Yet Christmas could be all year 'round,
if only we would try
To gently wipe an old man's brow
or soothe a baby's cry.

If we could smile throughout the year
as we do on Christmas Day;
Just think what happiness we'd shed
along life's weary way.

To give a gift of Hope to one
who otherwise has none;
To be a Friend to somebody whom
everyone else has shun.

To be Forgiving of our faults,
and of our sisters and our brothers;
To Live in Peace and Harmony
with ourselves and with each other.

Ah, don't you see that Christmas is
more than opening up the gifts;
It's more than singing Christmas Carols
and rolling in big snow drifts.

It's a feeling that can stay with you
throughout each day, all year;
And all it takes is a loving heart.....
and a sensitive little tear...

Author unknown

Peace to you...
Christmas Love without end,

'On Ya' - ma