Sunday, January 17, 2016

Blessed 2016!

Wayne and I began 2016 with a holiday trip to Singapore -- just the two of us -- thrilled to meet God's creatures great and small at the Singapore zoo, including
Singapore white tigers

happy orangutans
Wetland park mudflats - fun!
One of my favorite weird creatures - mudskippers! 

When we came back from Singapore, it was time to celebrate Wayne's 60th birthday, which involved wonderful church friends and seminary colleagues completely surprising him with an afternoon on a gorgeous Hong Kong junk. Our eldest son had made it just in time - along with his girlfriend, whom we had met last summer.
Really, it was more than a little taste of heaven, with old friends near and far sending good wishes, poems, limericks, jokes, songs and prayers. Languages included Spanish, Finnish, Old Scottish, Mandarin, English and Kachin (one of the ethnic groups of Myanmar (Burma). Here's the Kachin group:

At our chapel Eucharist this week we were each given a candle, which I share with you today, along with an Epiphany prayer:

Opening Prayer for the Epiphany of Our Lord

Let us pray,

[grateful for the glory revealed today
through God made human.]

Father of light,
unchanging God,
today you reveal to people of faith
the resplendent fact of the Word made flesh.
Your light is strong,
Your love is near;
draw us beyond the limits
which this world imposes,
to the life where Your Spirit
makes all life complete.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

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