The Week of Joy
Light two purple candles: the candle of Hope, and the candle of Preparation. Light the candle of Joy, the pink candle.
In your journal, list things that reveal the blessings of God: children’s laughter while playing in the summer, a baby’s smile; take special notice.
Crayon Ornament. Place crayons scraps in a bag, crush with hammer to rough pieces. Preheat oven to 250 degrees, Place star shaped (or any shape ) cookie cutters on cookie sheet. Drop crayon pieces inside the cookie cutters. Heat in oven for ten minutes or until crayons melt. Remove and allow to cool. Carefully drill hole near top with nail and pass ribbon through. Hang on tree.
(Supplies: crayon scraps, baggie, hammer, cookie cutters, nail, cookie sheet, ribbon for hanging)
Oh comforting Savior, reveal those around us who are lonely, in pain and in need of our attention and love. Provide the healing and courage they may need at this difficult time of year. Help us to reach out to those in love who live alone or have suffered a recent loss. Amen.
“It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” David Steindl-Rast, Catholic Benedictine monk, Wikipedia)
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