|Typically Swiss: red bulbs|
and Stollen (bread)
|A typical Swiss tree:|
Funny thing: last year I felt this surge of decorating motivation. We decorated our big tree and the house, used all the festive dishes, hosted friends and family, and prepared our traditional Christmas feasts.
However, in January, I began shedding 35 years of Christmas accumulation. We sold our 10' tree, lights, and about 15 boxes of ornaments during our move. By fall, our Christmas "stuff" had been reduced to the 2 little trees and one box of keepsakes (still packed up).
|Smile worthy: Christmas decor includes a |
stuffed squirrel that sits on the pulpit
This Sunday morning, we're out of the Oberhofen house by 8:15am to get things set up for the service. Leanne sings through her songs; the worship team reviews their music.
|Leanne Russell, a true soprano with a big heart|
|The morning worship service at Kristliches Zentrum Thalgut|
|Hot stone feast|
|D enjoys a "fitness classic" of steak and salads|
|The sun burns through late afternoon clouds|
Swiss regulations restrict the color, size, and shape of homes. Therefore, the landscape unfolds with traditional houses made of wood and plaster, endless variations on a theme.
|Traditional Swiss architecture in the Emmental|
The wind blows quiet ripples across the Thunersee as we drive home near sunset, renewed in spirit and body.
*The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. Psalm 19:7 ESV
*By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. The wise prevail through great power,and those who have knowledge muster their strength. Proverbs 24:3-5 NIV
*Now by this we may be sure that we know him, if we obey his commandments. 1 John 2:3 ESV
Moravian Prayer: We are a tired people trying to be faithful, God. Renew us through your acts of grace. Invigorate us when we see your Spirit at work in the world. Restore in us the joy of your salvation through the birth of your Son. Amen.