Monday, January 3, 2011
For Monday, January 3rd, 2011
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien 1892-1973 was born on this day in Bloemfontein, South Africa and is best known for creating the fantasy worlds of The Hobbit - 1937 and The Lord of the Rings trilogy - 1954-55
An Oxford professor of medieval literature, Tolkien masterfully crafted the Middle-Earth adventures of furry-footed Bilbo Baggins and his nephew Frodo, a mythical world of elves, dwarfs, gods, and dragons based on Anglo-Saxon and Norse folklore
Around January 6, the symbol +C+B+M+ with two numbers before and two numbers after (for example, 20+C+B+M+11) is sometimes seen written in chalk above the doorway of Christian homes. The letters are the initials of the traditional names of the Three Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. These letters also abbreviate the Latin phrase Christus mansionem benedicat, May Christ bless the house. The beginning and ending numbers are the year, 2011 in the example above. The crosses represent Christ.
Marking the lintels of doorways is an old European practice that originally had overtones of magic (protection of the house). However, the symbols are now used throughout the world and usually represent a traditional Epiphany prayer and blessing.
Epiphany is the shining revelation of Jesus as the Light and Savior of the world. The magi, glimpsing His light, are the first of the multitudes who will come to Him from the east and the west to form a new people of God.
Farewell to thee, O Christmas tree!
Twelve months o’er, we shall meet once more,
Merry welcome singing, as of yore,
For Christ now reigns, our Savior dear,
And gives us Christmas every year!
NEW IN THE KITCHEN
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons butter, softened
4 teaspoons vanilla
48 maraschino cherries with stems
9 ounces semi sweet chocolate
2 tablespoons crisco
Life I am the new year.
I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living.
I am your opportunity to practice
what you have learned about life
during the last twelve months.
All that you sought
and didn't find is hidden in me,
waiting for you to search it out
with more determination.
All the good that you tried for
and didn't achieve
is mine to grant
when you have fewer conflicting desires.
All that you dreamed but didn't dare to do,
all that you hoped but did not will,
all the faith that you claimed but did not have --
these slumber lightly,
waiting to be awakened
by the touch of a strong purpose.
I am your opportunity
to renew your allegiance to Him who said,
'behold, I make all things new.'
I am the new year.
A bit of love from someone near…