Monday, December 15, 2008
Whew! What a crazy weekend it was for me. You see, I was on a search committee for our church to find a children's minister. Friday afternoon I went to purchase the items we needed for Saturday's church-wide pancake breakfast, which we held so the church members could come meet the candidate and his family. Friday night was a dinner for the candidate, his family and the church staff to meet. Saturday morning was the pancake breakfast. I awoke at 5:30 a.m., which is EXTREMELY early for a night owl like myself. I was there for the prep, the breakfast, the Q&A time and then clean-up. Then I had to be back at the church that evening for a Christmas party for the AWANA workers. Sunday morning rolls around and it's the day of the vote, so I was a bit tense. We have two church services and I was there for both. All went well, however, and we now have a new children's minister! Praise the Lord! But today I feel like the guy from the 80's Dunkin Donuts commercial (this video has an annoying message on it that won't go away). You know, he would be all sleepy-eyed and moping around, tired from having to do the same thing day after day, "Time to make the donuts" he would mutter. Yep, that's me. I'm so physically and mentally tired today that I couldn't even comprehend my Bible reading this morning. I'll have to go back and read it again later when I'm more clear-headed. Tonight I have ANOTHER Christmas party to attend at my husband's fire station. I'll be so glad when this Christmas is over. Whoever called it the "most wonderful time of the year" was demented. I know, I know, I shouldn't feel this way. Afterall, it's the celebration of the birth of Christ. Well, it doesn't feel like that's the reason for the season to me. It appears to be all about gluttony, commercialism and greed! No matter how hard I try each year not to get caught up in that, I still do. It's like a riptide - you just can't fight it. There are a few things I've managed to enjoy so far, though. Our worship leader at church has introduced a couple of old Christmas songs that I've never heard before, and they are becoming new favorites for me. One is called "Sing We Now of Christmas". You can hear the song from this link. We aren't doing the "noel" echo, thankfully! It becomes tiresome to me. Also, the arrangement is different, but you'll still get the idea of the song's "flavor" for lack of a better word. The other is "Pat-a-Pan". You can hear a snippet of the song with this link. However, I noticed the lyrics are not all the same lyrics we've been singing, but the tune is the same. I will warn you that once you hear one or both of these songs you might be singing them in your head all day long.