#America · Family History · Thankful

Happy New Year/My Heart Hurts

This was supposed to be simply a celebration of 2021, hope of good things to come this year, and the family story of “Chalking” our door. But the events of yesterday, January 6, 2021 had me frozen to the television. I started praying, packed some more Christmas ornaments, then checked back and found the news was worse, talked with my sister, husband and others about it. All we could do was watch and pray. It’s what I’m still doing.

On this blog, I try to celebrate happy things: uplifting family stories, goofy dog stories, gardening tidbits, recipes and reviews of books I’ve enjoyed reading. I don’t usually include anything political, and I don’t announce which party I might prefer. I am thankful to be an American. The actions of yesterday were not the America I know and love, and they made my heart hurt. I am thankful for today’s return to order, and pray for a peaceful inauguration of our new president, Joe Biden, on January 20.

Last Sunday, during our online church service we celebrated Epiphany by Chalking our door. Epiphany, traditionally observed January 6, recognizes the visit of the Magi, or wise men, Casper, Melchior and Balthazar, who came to Bethlehem to see the baby Jesus. You may not be able to see the yellow chalk on our white door, but Mr. H. and I wrote:

20 + C + M + B +21

The numbers, of course, represent the new year. “C + M + B” stands for the Latin phrase Christus Mansionem Benedicat, which means Christ Bless this House, as well as representing the names of the Magi.

So, Christ Bless this House, and God bless our country. Tragedy happened yesterday: four deaths, people hurting, rioting and unrest. There will be consequences. Let us all pull together as Americans, and work together for what is right and good. God bless you in 2021, and God bless America.

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