Sunday, December 01, 2019

Day 1....

~ Greetings and warm wishes to each of you on this ~
Day One

Today, December 1st marks the first day of Advent, the first day of the new liturgical year in the church and the first day of me trying to be better than what I am now.

You know it's hard sometimes to live life in the way that my heart yearns for...
peace, charity, humbleness, free from anxiety, hatred, jealousy...(fill in the blank)
I am just not the person I want to be....yet.

So today as I begin my Advent journey - the season of hope, the season of peace and goodwill...my mind reflects on the Psalm 51:10 -19 (I can nearly say it by heart...one of my goals is to memorize it completely and fully by Christmas Day.)

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, o God,
you who are God my Savior, 
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

Open my lips, lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
May it please you to prosper Zion, 
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Create in me a pure heart, O God...
may it be so!

After Mass this morning I lit a 7 day candle for my petitions...
there are many things that I pray about, but the one that I offered today in the silence of my heart was for me to have an Advent of preparation with attentiveness to my relationship with God. I have failed in that for many weeks, months...I haven't been as attentive, as pure of heart as I should be.
So my candle was lit with my particular petition to: create in me (and in you) a clean heart, O God...

Today marks the beginning of my 25 days of Christmas stitch: Jane Stanwix 1843Untitled

I am going to be posting my progress here every day...
and I will also be posting it on my Instagram (@vonnapfeiffer)
If you are wanting to join along in this stitch with me...please post your progress on Instagram with the following hashtags (so others may follow and we can find each other)
#janestanwix1843
#25daysofchristmasstitchwithvonna

Merry, Happy Christmas...
Vonna xxxx

14 comments:

  1. Happy first day of Christmas Advent. Looking forward to seeing your stitching every day. big hugs Lynda Ruth

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  2. What a beautiful way to end 2019.

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  3. Vonna: I feel as Catholic I am Blessed to be able to celebrate the Advent Season, a beautiful pre-lude to ChristmaEve.
    I love your new stitch design, I look forward to seeing your progress.

    Merry Blessed Christmas
    Catherine

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  4. Enjoy your new project Vonna!

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  5. I hope you reach your goal my friend! I have memorized whole Psalms and found that I need to keep brushing up on them from time to time to keep them in this old brain once they are memorized!!

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  6. You are a true inspiration. Thank you for sharing yourself so fully with all of us.

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  7. Thank you for this beautiful 1st day of Advent post!

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  8. What a wonderful way to start Advent. I also need to focus on many of the same things.

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  9. I love that passage. I'm Lutheran and it was part of one of the liturgies in an older hymnal. I also sing in the choir and several parts of the passage are used in verses and offeratories. I'm looking forward to your Advent/Christmas posts.

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  10. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me is one of my favorite passages--I say it often to myself. I ordered Jane Stanwix from Country Sampler on Friday--I may be a few days late starting but looking forward to stitching her and following the progress

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  11. The life you yearn to live will come when you retire! LOL! When everyone in my life (including the husband) left home it was just God and me and for the last 20 some years that relationship has blossomed. I have never felt alone or lonely and I have been shown grace beyond anything I deserve. Sometimes the "busyiness of life" gets in the way of our relationship with God. It's difficult to balance all the demands of a job and family and society but you are much wiser and farther along than I was at your age. I'm pretty sure God is smiling down at you! Although, the longer I live the more I realize how little I know! Your sampler is lovely!

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  12. Thank you for the passage. It reflects what everyone should strive for. In his name. Amen.

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  13. Thank you for sharing that lovely passage.

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  14. Vonna, Thank you for continuing your 25 Days of Christmas again this year and for the inspiring post.
    Carolyn

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