What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Advent Day 10....With a Surprise (again!)

I know if you followed my Advent Calendar last year, (and the year before) you may see that I have repeated a few here and there (more than a few).  But...sometimes it is good to repeat things year after year...because we humans tend to forget and need to be reminded!  So, here is last year's open Advent Window for the 10th day of Advent (and THIS year, 2016, today is the 19th day of Advent!) .  I love this particular window because it has a special surprise tucked into the scripture readings...so be sure to click on the verses when you come to them.  I find as I read from God's Word these particular verses I always break out into singing them the way I've heard them sung so many wonderful times before. I wish I could say that I sound as good as these musicians...but it is the melody in the heart that matters, not the quality of the vocalist.  So, as you read along, please feel free to sing along with me! Might as well practice! Someday we will be in the heavenly choir where we will ALL have voices like the angels! Won't that be grand????

Okay, Open this window and enjoy...
Due to busily preparing for Christmas, (I've been shopping non stop for the past three days...) I've been too busy to write about the preparation!  Oftentimes that is how it goes with us humans...we get so caught up in our whirl of activities that we forget the whole purpose and meaning of the activity we are pursuing.

This Christmas card says it all...This is what Christmas is all about...

I pause in the middle of my hectic pace to remember the true meaning of Christmas...and to reflect on ways that I can be more like the Christ of Christmas...

  • More willing to give than to receive...
  • To be a cheerful servant rather than expecting to be served...
  • Never doing things just to please myself...but to give of myself so that others might have a pleasant life.

Today's scripture readings reinforce these thoughts: (Click on each section of verses for an Advent Surprise:)

(The above links are compliments of George Frederic Handel and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus)

I hope you enjoyed this little mini-concert.  For the complete concert, click HERE

May this help set the tone for your Advent mid-season.  Only 17  10 days until Christmas!  Take some time to relax and enjoy...and pass on the blessing to someone else.


  1. Pam: You very definitely surprised me. Thank you for the concert.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I am a huge Handel's Messiah fan, so I may have to sneak it in a few more times before Christmas! Have a blessed day!

  2. Hi Pam, Ah...yes, preparation something that is key. However, it's also something people tend to neglect. (Have you ever been on a college campus the week before finals or the week of finals?) Not preparing leads to less than good outcomes, many times.

    It certainly takes an effort to prepare; in the end, the benefits are more than worth it! May we all prepare our hearts to receive Jesus once again.



    1. Yes...I do know what you mean about the lack of preparation and the last minute "prayers" for success when we should have done our part to prepare...I am one of those who says she works better under pressure...my excuse for lack of preparation. Trying to correct that now that I am retired. I should have no excuse. We shall see... Thank you, Kim, for your support and encouragement here. You are a blessing.


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