Celebrating the Winter Solstice

, “The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory.”  – Gary ZukavContinue reading “Celebrating the Winter Solstice”

Looking for something different for holiday dessert?

  Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins – Check out more of Rogene’s recipes in her cookbooks which can be found on Espiratonal.com’s bookshelf in the gallery or on Amazon.com.   ———————————————————-   This wonderful, slightly decadent cake is perfect for special occasions.  It has become one of our favorites.  Of course, this cake is gluten-free,Continue reading “Looking for something different for holiday dessert?”

Rethinking Church

Feelings of isolation are causing problems for many during the global pandemic we are living through.  For many, what has made this especially painful is the suspension of large, in-person gatherings in churches. Yes, it is true that scripture tells us to gather together. “19 Again I say unto you, That if two of youContinue reading “Rethinking Church”

Being of Service in the Age of Social Distancing

For many, the holiday season is a time to focus on serving others.  So how does COVID-19 change that?  How can we still be of service during this unprecedented time? First, we need to remember there are always people in need of help, not only during the holidays.  This is especially important this year.  TheseContinue reading “Being of Service in the Age of Social Distancing”

In Celebration of the first night of Hanukkah

   “Just as Hanukkah candles are lighted one by one from a single flame, so the tale of the miracle is passed from one man to another, from one house to another, and to the whole House of Israel throughout the generations.”   – Judah Leon Magnes

Making and Sending Holiday Cards

Shown above is original fabric art by Rogene A. Robbins (c)2019 available at Espirational.com in the gallery. ——————————————————————-   When was the last time you sent out holiday cards?  When was the last time you actually made those cards yourself? I love to get cards, but when someone makes a card or adds an extraContinue reading “Making and Sending Holiday Cards”

Ideas for virtual holiday gatherings

I know people are wanting to get together with friends and family for the holidays.  However COVID-19 has complicated things, hasn’t it? The first thing we need to consider is how to celebrate safely.  The lives and health of not only our friends, family, and neighbors but also those we may not even know areContinue reading “Ideas for virtual holiday gatherings”

The Season of Magic and Miracles

Genie’s Note: This was originally published on Dec. 11, 2016.  Think it still applies?  A few additions for 2020 have been added in italics. Here we are in the middle of the holiday season, that magic, miraculous time of year.  This is the season of miracles like the virgin birth of the Christ Child (Christmas) andContinue reading “The Season of Magic and Miracles”

A thought for the first Sunday of Advent

  “Advent is a season of wise women and men following the example of Jesus and thereby constructing a spiritual life on solid principles.” –– Robert F. Morneau, Fathoming Bethlehem