Friday, January 02, 2009

Belatedly, Christmas celebration #3

I just got these from Lizzy. Now you can visualize the finale of the three Christmas celebrations.

Following our Christmas day in Soshanguve with Granny's family, Sarah and I rushed over to Lizzy's house, where she and her brother had prepared (another) Christmas dinner for us: roasted leg of lamb, roasted potatoes, potato salad, baby marrow, and an amazing marble cake for dessert. When Lizzy prayed for our meal, she thanked God for a celebration "with both fake family and real family." Sarah said much the same: that each of our Christmas celebrations took place with "friends who felt like family." Happy Christmas. :)

Table and food

Serving ourselves

Just the girls

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Prayer for the New Year

On New Year's Eve, Sarah led us in a responsive reading during our community check-in & prayer time. The reading ended with a prayer, which I thought I would share here:
Eternal Father, you have placed us in a world of space and time, and through the events of our lives, you bless us with your love. Grant that in this new year we may know your presence, see your love at work, and live in the light of the event that gives us joy forever--the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


How I spent my New Year's

A little time in the pool

Lizzy decided to dye her hair pink for the new year:

Sarah and I joined her (in the dyeing, not in the pinkness)

Fireworks at the Wards'

Sparklers before the rain (instead of at midnight)