Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Yule Log

Yule Log Prayer

May the fire of this log warm the cold.
May the hungry be fed.
May the weary find rest.
and May all enjoy Heaven's peace.
Author Unknown

At the end of each year, we tend to reflect on the previous year, hoping that we have learned the lessons that we were to learn, reminiscing over the good memories, thanking God that the bad times are over, and anticipating a glorious New Year. 

Many Christmas' ago, I had the privilege of attending The Yule Log Service at The Center in Palos Park, Illinois.  "The highlight of each service is the lighting of the huge log and the opportunity for each participant to throw his or her own twig into the fire, symbolizing a fresh start for the New Year."  We were each given a bundle of small twigs tied with a bow.  One by one, we passed by the great fireplace holding the burning Yule Log.  As we threw our twig into the fire, we were told to reflect and let go of the past, the old, for it is gone. Pray for great joys in the coming, for everything is possible with God in the approaching New Year.

If you are visiting or live in the Chicagoland region, I highly suggest attending one of The Center's many activities, including The Yule Log Service.  You can find more information at The Center.  They have many different activities, including retreats, a petting farm, and various art classes.


My dad always said that how you start the New Year will be how the New Year unfolds.  So, a day or two before the New Year begins, I tidy up my house because I want to have a clean house all year.  Sometimes, it works. 

There's a great site for homekeeping that I'd like to share with you.  It's FlyLady.net.  If you are having trouble getting organized, this website is great!


I tasted candied fruit today, and it melted in my mouth.  For easy to follow instructions, please go to Garden of Eating's website.  Mike at Chicago Mikes Garden brought some to work for me to taste.  Yumm!!!
God Bless You in the Coming New Year - It's Going to be a Great Year!
Aunt Janet


  1. Yet another useful entry for me. You keep putting out some great info!

  2. Thanks Vicki! I've been so busy gardening and canning that I haven't been posting anything to my site. This gives me the encouragement I need to go on! I needed your comment!


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