2019? Only God Knows…

No one has ever seen God…
From John 1:18

It is the teacher in me who taught me to make the most of our winter breaks. When I taught second and third graders, their unrest before Christmas vacation betrayed their anticipation regarding what Santa might place under their trees on Christmas Day. I engaged in some extremely creative teaching to keep my students’ attention until I finally dismissed them for their two-week hiatus. Because my husband was a school principal, his office needed a revolving door during those final days as a few students needed more than their teachers’ creativity to contain them. When we had children of our own, we did our best to send them off to school with plenty of “encouragement” to do their best until the final bell rang and vacation began.

This time away from school was truly a gift to all concerned. Though having the kids at home while trying to prepare for Christmas was a challenge, their involvement added to all of our appreciation of the season. When Christmas Day arrived, we had much to celebrate together.

This New Year’s Eve, another variety of anticipation and a bit of uncertainty sets in. Like the children who wondered what gifts Christmas would bring, I wonder what the New Year has in store. The truth is that God only knows. So it is that I settle in to enjoy this evening with those I have been given to love. I will trust that, whatever 2019 brings, God will be with us through it all.

Loving God, thank you for your loving care today, throughout the coming year and always.

©2018 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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God Is Here

In the beginning was the Word;
the Word was in God’s presence
and the Word was God.

John 1:1

The teacher in me taught me to make the most of our winter breaks. When I taught second and third graders, their unrest before Christmas vacation betrayed their anticipation regarding what Santa might place under their trees on Christmas Day. I engaged in some extremely creative teaching to keep my students’ attention until I finally dismissed them for their two-week hiatus. Because my husband was a school principal, his office needed a revolving door during those final days as a few students needed more than their teachers’ creativity to contain them. When we had children of our own, we did our best to send them off to school with plenty of “encouragement” to behave until the final bell rang and vacation began.

This time away from school was truly a gift to all concerned. Though having the kids at home while trying to prepare for Christmas was a challenge, their involvement added to all of our appreciation of the season. When Christmas Day arrived, we had much to celebrate together.

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and another variety of anticipation and a bit of uncertainty sets in. Like the children who wondered what gifts Christmas would bring, I wonder what the New Year has in store. The truth is that God only knows. So it is that tomorrow I will settle in to enjoy the Eve of the New Year with those I’ve been given to love. I will trust that, whatever 2018 brings, God will be with us through it all.

Loving God, thank you for your loving care today, throughout the coming year and always.

©2017 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

An Eve to Enjoy!

From heaven the Lord looks
and sees us all.

Psalm 33:13

Though I retired from my teaching career some time ago, I can’t help anticipating holiday breaks with a smile. Whether it is a one-day hiatus such as Veteran’s Day or a days-long winter or spring break, I enjoy these departures from the norm. When I worked full-time, my husband, our sons and I filled these recesses from school with everything that our school schedules prevented. We played in the snow and then went to the movies to retreat from the cold. Enjoying new toys and other Christmas gifts added to the fun. We went to bed a little later and slept in a little longer with great relish. Today, I admit to partaking of these pleasures with special joy in spite of the fact that I have the option of doing so almost every day. Somehow, sleeping in and setting aside my to-do list bring the greatest pleasure during the days between Christmas and New Year’s. A welcome side-effect is the leisurely tone with which I pray during this time. There’s no rush involved in these conversations with God. Yes, leisure time is a beautiful thing!

This New Year’s Eve, our sons and their wives and children are making the most of this break from their jobs and school. I smile broadly as I acknowledge that this particular family tradition is not lost on the younger generation. They learned well to appreciate this special time to relax and enjoy one another. Appropriately, they are teaching their children the same.

Loving God, be with us as we make the time today and throughout the coming year to enjoy ourselves, one another and you.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

God With Us

No one has ever seen God…
From John 1:18

It is the teacher in me who taught me to make the most of our winter breaks. When I taught second and third graders, their unrest before Christmas vacation betrayed their anticipation regarding what Santa might place under their trees on Christmas Day. I engaged in some extremely creative teaching to keep my students’ attention until I finally dismissed them for their two-week hiatus. Because my husband was a school principal, his office needed a revolving door during those final days as a few students needed more than their teachers’ creativity to contain them. When we had children of our own, we did our best to send them off to school with plenty of “encouragement” to do their best until the final bell rang and vacation began.

This time away from school was truly a gift to all concerned. Though having the kids at home while trying to prepare for Christmas was a challenge, their involvement added to all of our appreciation of the season. When Christmas Day arrived, we had much to celebrate together.

This New Year’s Eve, another variety of anticipation and a bit of uncertainty sets in. Like the children who wondered what gifts Christmas would bring, I wonder what the New Year has in store. The truth is that God only knows. So it is that I settle in to enjoy this evening with those I have been given to love. I will trust that, whatever 2016 brings, God will be with us through it all.

Loving God, thank you for your loving care today, throughout the coming year and always.

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Relax and Enjoy

No one has ever seen God.
It is God the only Son,
ever at the Father’s side,
who has revealed God.

From John 1:17

Though I am retired from my career in education, I cannot help making the most of holiday breaks from school. Whether it is a one-day event such as Veteran’s Day or the days-long winter or spring break, I enjoy these departures from the norm as much as the current teachers and students around me. When I worked full-time, my husband, our sons and I filled these recesses from school with everything that our school schedules kept us from. We played in the snow and went to movies to retreat from the cold. Enjoying new toys and other Christmas gifts added to the fun. We went to bed a little later and slept a little later with great relish. Today, I admit to partaking of these pleasures with special joy in spite of the fact that I can do this any day of the year. Somehow, sleeping in and ignoring my chores brings greater pleasure during the days between Christmas and New Year’s. A welcome side-effect is the leisurely tone with which I pray during this time. There’s no rush as I praise, give thanks and make a request or two. Indeed, leisure time is a beautiful thing!

This New Year’s Eve, our sons and their wives and children are making the most of this break from their jobs and school. I smile broadly as I acknowledge that this particular family tradition is not lost on the younger generation. They learned well to appreciate this special time to relax and enjoy one another. Appropriately, and they are teaching their children the same.

Loving God, even Jesus stole away by himself to rest and to spend time with you. Help us to make the time today and throughout the coming year to enjoy ourselves, one another and you.

©2014 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Reveal God In Your Presence

No one has ever seen God.
It is God the only Son,
ever at the Father’s side,
who has revealed God.

From John 1:1-18

My long past teaching days taught me to make the most of our winter breaks. My husband, our sons and I filled this time away from school with everything that our school schedules kept us from. We played in the snow and went to movies to retreat from the cold. Enjoying new toys and other Christmas gifts added to the fun. We went to bed a little later and slept a little later with great relish.

This New Year’s Eve, our sons and their wives and children are making the most of this break from their jobs, first grade and preschool. I cannot help smiling as I acknowledge that this particular family tradition was not lost on the younger generation. They learned well to appreciate one another, and they are teaching their children the same.

Loving God, you revealed yourself to us through Jesus. Help us to reveal you as well in the precious moments we share with one another today and throughout the coming year.

©2013 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved