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

Author Unknown

Friday, December 12, 2008

Chapter 12, Page 12, Book 08

The candy cane represents one of the oldest
symbols of Christmas, the shepherd's crook.
The shepherds were among the first to experience that first Christmas. The colors of the candy cane have special meaning, too. The wide red stripe represents the sacrifice of Christ, For by his stripes we are healed. If your candy cane has a narrow red stripe, it represents our own sacrifices (giving). The white stripe is a symbol of purity. The peppermint plant is a member of the hyssop family, referred to in the Old Testament as a medicinal herb used for cleansing. As you eat your candy cane, you might want to break it,as Christ's body was broken for you, and share it with a friend, thus sharing in the sweetness of the true meaning of Christmas.
Jesus Gentle Shepherd,
This cane of red and white
Proclaims the sweet love story
Born on Christmas night.
This cane, you see, when turned around
Begins your name of Love
And now becomes a symbol
Of peace proclaimed above.
The lively peppermint flavors the regal gift of spice.
The white is your purity
And the red your sacrifice.
And so this cane reminds us
Of just how much you care
And like your Christmas Gift
To us it's meant for all to share.
Author Unknown

It’s Friday and I’m doing the happy dance !
I made it through another work week and that is worth celebrating for sure. Some mornings I wonder how I’m even going to make it out the door let alone work all day, but some how the good Lord gives me the strength to do it all and so I do.
You know each year I get older and each year winter gets longer and longer. Who ever thought I’d be still working or even needing to? I had such grand plans and we all know where that got me.

Relax and celebrate each day I always say. There is only One who knows what each day will bring so we just have to do the best we can and be thankful that we can.
This weekend I really need to finish off my Christmas Cards so they can be mailed on Monday and I should make sure that the gifts I’ve gotten are wrapped up and ready to give. A week from Saturday is our Family Christmas get together. So this is the weekend to get it all done.

Fridays are wonderful days!



. . . it is timeto quiet ourselves,. . .

to reflect upon all the gifts we are . . .

and have. . .

and can imagine.

to give thanks

from our deepest selves.

to surrender to the love

that came before us,

lives now among us,

and is,forever,

before us.

. . . it is time

‘On Ya’-ma


Joan said...

Dear Pam, I hope you get all your plans for the weekend accomplished you are going to be busy . I have my cards written and posted so I am ahead of myself there like you still have a bit of shopping to do.This is a long winter already we have had so much frost not a lot of snow but I suppose that will come, at the moment it seems a long time till Spring.We have lost our lovely sunshine today its dull and damp yuck. Love Joan.

Adirondackcountrygal said...

I hope you have a good weekend and get everything done!

Linda said...

I never knew that about the candy cane!! I am having my Christmas with my brother and sisters next weekend too. I always like that party. We hardly get to see each other anymore. Have a great day. Linda

Jenny said...

Have a refreshing weekend, i still have my cards to do and some presents to buy, help :-)
Jenny <><

Jan said...

I didnt know the candy cane story ,makes sense when you think about it though ,have a good weekend ,and rest as well ,itll get done it always does lol Jan xx

Hollie said...

I love the story about the candy cane...I have read another story sorta like that. Enjoy your weekend. I'm working tomorrow....

betty said...

Fridays are wonderful days! but I keep telling my husband every single day should be considered wonderful! we have the Lord on our side; we have the promise of eternity and his abundant promises from the Bible; I'm trying to find joy in each day, the Mondays as well as the Fridays :)

(of course more joy in Fridays :)

I hope you get a lot accomplished this weekend :)


Alice said...

I'm not gonna say I couldn't go to work everyday as you do 'cause sometimes you have to do what is necessary. I know you will enjoy your week-end :)......