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Dec. 18th, 2005 | 12:09 am
posted by: pilgrimfool in advent_daily

Traditional readings For this day of advent:
Genesis 49:2, 8-10; Matthew 1:17

Today's prayer:

Oh, God of wisdom,
I want to praise you and give you my life.

Like a loving parent,
you bless me.
You have watched over me,
knowing my history
and the path that led me to you.

Thank you for the peace
you promise peace in my life.
I ask that I be always aware
of the strength of your great power.
May it never leave me.

So many people before me
in so many generations,
have served you so humbly,
answering your call.
Please give me the wisdom and courage
to be your humble servant.

Today's moment of meditation (today from Creighton):
Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
We now begin the second part of Advent.
We follow the Gospel story, as it bring us to Christmas.
Today, we hear the story of God's plan,
using a long line of less-than-perfect kings
and 5 very special women, to bring us to Jesus.

God saved us, by becoming one of us,
entering into our human, and sometimes messy history.
Jesus will come to each of us this Advent
in and through our human journey.

Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever. Ps. 72

Recipe of the day:

Lemon Poppyseed Cookies

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons poppyseeds
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
2 cups flour
pinch salt

With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in poppyseeds and lemon zest. Add flour and salt and mix well to make a stiff dough.
Divide dough in half and roll each piece in wax paper to make a cylinder about 2 inches in diameter and 6 inches long.
Chill dough until firm, at least 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 350°. Slice dough into rounds about 1/4-inch thick. Arrange about 1 inch apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 12 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for a few seconds, then remove to a wire rack and let cool completely.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

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