Home for Christmas

Thursday, December 20, 2001
Foggy Suburbia to Overcast Mountains


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The last card on the list was mailed off this morning.  We readied the house for Christmas Eve dinner, and then hit the road to get here.  Traffic was minimal, and we got up here within an hour and a half. 

Ahh, finally we're on vacation.  

Here we are at home in the mountains. The house was frigid, brrrrrrr. It took at least two hours before it was comfortably heated. Now with the fire going, it is downright toasty.  Mmmmmmmm.

Look who just sacked out:

That's our girl, O!  Z-z-z-z-z-z-z.

We got up here just in time to watch Oprah's holiday music extravaganza with Destiny's Child, Charlotte Church, Nancy Wilson.  Gorgeous. We cozied right into the Christmas spirit.

The Bear Tree and Oprah

Oprah is asking everyone who believes in the power of prayer  (that would be me) to join in prayer for her friend, Mattie. Today, I join her prayer circle for Mattie Stepanek, an 11-year old peacemaker and poet of "heartsongs."   

>> Read about Mattie here.

Won't you join us?

Dear God,

There are no words for the depth of our feelings for Mattie.
We pray for his healing.
We pray for his care and protection. 

Please, send Your angels to bless and surround him always.
May he always see You at the center of his life.
May he grow strong,
May he be healthy.
May he be blessed,
To live most fully and love most deeply.
To continue to give the world his Heartsongs. 

That is our wish.
That is our prayer for him forever.
We ask for a miracle for Mattie...
We surrender him into Your hands. 


*Prayer adapted with permission from Marianne Williamson's ILLUMINATA, "Prayer for our Children," pg. 183.


No, Mattie,  though I've never met you, it is not too much trouble to pray for you, but it is my privilege and honor to do so.  


"Infants born after 9-11...
you are the kisses your fathers left behind.

"Life is a Gift."

Author Unknown

P.S.  If you would like to share a portion of yourself with words, in response to this journal entry, you may do it here.  

 "The only gift is a portion of thyself..."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


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