Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

Above is an image of my snow covered back garden at something past midnight last night, trust me, it looks so much better both covered in snow and in darkness. Yes, almost out of nowhere the snow appeared. My car was covered in a 5 inch deep pile of the soft stuff when I awoke this morning, and now, it’s all but disappeared after todays big thaw.

Fortunately this odd smattering of snow throughout the British Isle did not bring the local education system to a halt and the kids were dropped off at school much to their chagrin:-)

What’s the weather like in your part of the world?

Y’know that scripture booklet I pictured/mentioned in my last post, well I forgot to show you my collection of scripture rubber stamps to accompany the post. Many of my friends are Christian…and many of those who request cards ask for a Christian ‘theme’…. so it makes good sense for a Christian card maker to have an assortment of beautiful scripture verse in her craft box…cupboard…room….etc…

I managed to get a hold of four more of these beautiful stamps last week, they’re pricey but they make all the difference to a card, I believe. for Mum’s booklet for Mothers Day I actually used all the stamps except for the one I use when I make cards for those celebrating Matrimony! However, after 42 years with my Dad I think they could write a few verses themselves about the necessary requirements for the longevity of marriage.

Here’s a pic of the Scripture stamps I use…

Today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Night Prayers for Monday in the Fourth week of Lent

O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Psalm 85 (86)
A poor man’s prayer in time of trouble

Lord God, you are full of mercies, patient and true.
Turn your ear to me, Lord, and hear me,
for I am poor and destitute.
Keep my life safe, for I am faithful;
O God, save your servant, who trusts in you.

Take pity upon me, O Lord,
for I call to you all the day long.
Make your servant’s heart glad,
for to you, O Lord, I have raised it.
For you, Lord, are gentle and mild:
you are kind to all those who call on you.

Let your ears hear my prayer, O Lord!
Turn to the voice of my pleading!
In my time of trouble I call on you,
for you, O Lord, will hear me.

No other god is like you, O Lord,
and nothing compares with your works.
All people – all nations you made –
will come and worship before you;
they will give glory to your name.
For you are great, you work wonders:
you alone are God.

O Lord, teach me your paths,
and I will come to your truth.
Make my heart simple and guileless,
so that it honours your name.
I will proclaim you, Lord my God,
and give you praise with all my heart.
I will give glory to your name for ever,
for your great kindness is upon me:
you have rescued me from the deepest depths.

O God, the proud rise against me,
in the meetings of the powerful they seek my life:
they do not keep you in their sight.
And you, Lord, are a God of compassion,
full of mercies, patient and true.
Look upon me, have mercy upon me,
give your strength and protection to your servant
your servant, the child of your handmaid.

Give me a sign of your goodness,
let my enemies see it and be confounded;
because you, O Lord, have helped me and given me comfort.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
– Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
You have redeemed us, Lord, God of faithfulness.
– Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
– Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.

Canticle Nunc Dimittis
Keep us safe, Lord, while we are awake, and guard us as we sleep, so that we can keep watch with Christ and rest in peace.

Now, Master, you let your servant go in peace.
You have fulfilled your promise.
My own eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all peoples.
A light to bring the Gentiles from darkness;
the glory of your people Israel.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Keep us safe, Lord, while we are awake, and guard us as we sleep, so that we can keep watch with Christ and rest in peace.

Prayer
Let us pray.
Give our bodies rest, Lord, to restore them; and let the seeds sown by our labours today grow and yield an eternal harvest.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

May the almighty Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
Amen.

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5 Responses to Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

  1. onionboy says:

    In two different 24 hour periods we have had all four seasons happen within a 24 hours.

    As of this moment, all the snow that came down this morning melted, spring came, we didn’t quite make summer this time and presently it feels like autumn. Who knows what it will be like when I wake up?

  2. Kitchen Madonna says:

    Today, it was 75 degrees here in the glorious heart of Dixie, Birmingham, Alabama. Over the weekend however, it did get down to 34 degrees and I pulled the wool blankie out again.

    Thank you for the night prayer!

  3. Catholic Fire says:

    Here in Wichita, Kansas, it is 54 degrees with thunderstorms this morning. It has been a typical spring. The rain is giving our newly planted radishes and flowers a much-needed drink. I don’t normally get up this early in the morning, but the thunder woke me and my cat Jazzy wanted to play.

    Have a great day, Deb!

    God bless,
    Jean

  4. Michael says:

    About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I had been seeing a therapist [1994] on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff were very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th Sep 1994, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages [England & Australia]. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17].

    Peace Be With You
    Michael

  5. ukok says:

    Owen, it’s freaky isn’t it!

    KM,

    Oh, I love snuggling down into a blankie on the sofa 🙂

    Jean,

    I’m glad to have you visit me so early in the morning.

    Jazzy … I like that name. From now on I’ll be thinking of you as Jazzy Jean, I just know it 🙂

    Michael,

    That’s a mighty interesting testimony. I’m so happy for you that your whole life has turned around for the better and that the pain and anguish you experienced are no longer allowed a place in your life. God is good!

    Thanks for sharing with us and God Bless you and keep you.

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