Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I'm sure our kids can remember the many holiday concerts and events we made them get dressed up and go with us every Christmas season. From the Boar's Head Festival at Bethlehem Lutheran, to the Saginaw Choral Society concerts to productions of The Christmas Carol or Amahl and the Night Visitors at Pit and Balcony, each year we tried to make one evening something very special during this time. Tonight was that night for Daniel and I. We headed to the Cathedral on the main plaza for a Christmas concert featuring the Youth Symphony from Plan 3 Mil, one of the poorer areas of Santa Cruz, and combined choirs from both the Catholic and Evangelical universities. We were not disappointed. The full orchestra of young people aged 9 - 23 performed Dvorak and Saint Saens. With the choral of over 75 voices Vivaldi and Handel's Messiah were performed in the packed cathdral. The applause after the Hallelujah Chorus was so intense that they performed that piece again and then closed the program with a beautiful rendition of Silent Night, which in Spanish is titled, Noche de Paz (night of peace). Bolivia right now needs peace and hopefully that can be achieved. But in spite of all the political turmoil it was pure pleasure to hear young people perform such beautiful pieces of music. Young people that are making great sacrifices to learn music and others who believe enough in them to give them that opportunity. Of course, we had to top the evening off with a stop at Picolos for some speciality cake and empanadas accompanied with rich cafe con leche. And as a consequence , that caffeine is keeping me up and it's almost 2:00 in the morning. But hey, I can sleep in in the morning!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Paper and lace
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Sunday we had Ruben and Adrian and families over for fresh fish cooked on the grill. It was a great time. In the afternoon the men talked politicis (of course) and the women and teens played RummyCube. We laughed and challenged each other.
We have decided to invite each 'portion' of the Centellas family over each Sunday before Christmas. This Sunday we are inviting all of Jorge's family which makes for 11 people. With our dining and patio tables, that's just the right number. Lea is having her family from Washington, DC for the holidays so that will also be a fun time. We were always good friends with her family back in the days of Cochabamba.
Invitations are a very important part of the holiday season.
I'd like to remind everyone that God also has sent out an invitation. In fact, that is what this season is about:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did NOT send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already." There is a banquet being prepared in Heaven and the invitation still stands. However, it is a RSVP to which we must personally respond.
I've been attending a Bible study on the book of Daniel and I can't help but wonder if this is the last year that invitation will be availble. Things in the Middle East and around the world seem to point to the return of the King. This time He comes, not as a gentle savior born in a manger, but as the King of Kings who WILL reign. This I believe firmly and hope and pray that you do too, if not that you would give it careful consideration from God's own word.
May your celebration of the holidays that surround us, reflect the magesty and dignity of our eternal hope.