spiritual life

May He simply be

"The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight." O Little Town of Bethlehem lyrics Merry Christmas, JOY Journal friends! If you are joyful, may God give you a new song to express it. But, if you are not, know that there is a God of all Comfort, a Friend Who… Continue reading May He simply be

community, family life

Feast of Seven Fishes

Sharing a holiday foods piece featuring Italian-American traditions from Weelunk.com. A Fishy Family Feast Is Christmas Eve Tradition Nora Edinger December 21, 2018 On Monday, with Christmas Eve still a week away, local descendants of the Cerra family were already preparing for a blow-out holiday meal that will feature seafood. It’s not just about the… Continue reading Feast of Seven Fishes

spiritual life

Tempura believers

"Veiled in flesh the Godhead see. Hail the incarnate Deity. Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel." Hark, the Herald Angels Sing Have you ever had food coated in Japanese tempura batter? It's a light coating that adds crunch and flavor, while letting whatever's underneath peek through in tantalizing glimpses. It's not… Continue reading Tempura believers

books

Top 5 Christmas reads

"The only other sound's a sweep of easy wind and downy flake." Robert Frost, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" Are there certain books you make time for, no matter how busy the holiday season? I know I have a handful that I come back to time after time. So, if you're looking for… Continue reading Top 5 Christmas reads