Title: Clearing the decks before they are bowed/boughed/buffed with Holly...
First: my personal condolences to Mary, a fellow traveller who lost her house & two cats in a fire---our collectif loss is a sad reminder of Impermanence in this werld. I pray that blessings fall upon you as you mourn & regroup. [No man is alone who has friends]
Second: i pray that the Peace of a child=king should fall gently all over the werld in troubled times & that hardened hearts will turn away from bad purposes. The Maccabees experienced not only a military victory but also a Miracle of redemption from their loving god, who chose to shed light on a barbaric land and presage the Salvation of all. Praise Him of many Names for He is with us.
Third & finally: Love the love & stay firm in Faith, there=after Arises true joy...regard your children and you will SEE it. A certain man said,"Allow the little children to Come unto me." Those ones received a Very great Gift & they KNEW it.
Happy Holidays~~and in the werds of Tiny Tim,"God Bless us...EVERYONE."