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Dec. 13th, 2005 | 02:02 pm
posted by: pilgrimfool in advent_daily

Traditional readings For this day of advent:
Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13; Matthew 21:28-32

Today's prayer:

Father of love,
you made a new creation
through Jesus Christ your son.
May his coming free us from sin
and renew his life within us,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit
one God, forever and ever.

Today's moment of reflection:
On this day we are reminded that a "yes" to God can be meaningless if it is not backed by action and work. It is easy to be like the second son in the parable, who answers, "yes, I will go and work in the vineyard" and then does not. How many of us have talents that go unused? How many of us watch quietly while others get involved in the messier business of influencing other people and judging right from wrong?

There are not enough of us in the vineyard. May we have the courage to make that "Yes, Lord" meaningful.

Recipe of the day:

Wassail Punch

1 1/2 cups white sugar
8 whole cloves
3 cups water
3 cinnamon sticks
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1 cup lemon juice
1 gallon apple juice

In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cloves, water, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, and continue to boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and allow to cool for 1 hour.
Stir in the orange juice, lemon juice, and apple juice. Return to the heat, and boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove cloves and cinnamon sticks before serving.

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from: aefenglommung
date: Dec. 13th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)

I had supper with that_guy_zach at Jack Quinn's Irish Ale Bar in Covington, KY. They had a drink there called Woodford Holiday Cheer.

It came in a tisane glass (glass mug). There was a shot of Woodford Reserve bourgon, with sassafrass extract, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. A pot of very hot tea came on the side. You poured the hot tea into the bourbon mixture and sipped. Wowser.

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from: aefenglommung
date: Dec. 13th, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC)

It might have had cloves in it, too, now I think more on it.

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