Saturday, December 4, 2021

Ten Things of Thankful: December 4, 2021


Earlier this week, I listened to a pod cast, The Adventure of Advent at Discover the Word, and learned what each of the candles in the Advent wreath symbolizes: hope, love, joy, peace, and Christ, which I am thankful for.

As usual, I have spent a lot of time practicing playing chorale preludes on the electronic organ this week. While recording a song on the computer, I was often annoyed by the noises that the keyboard was making. A few days ago, I hit upon a solution. My electronic organ has a built-in recorder, which doesn't record any outer noises. (The recordings can be imported to the computer and stored there, but the problem is that they cannot be played on the computer, because the format is incompatible...) Anyway, I have found that it is much better to record the pieces on the built-in recorder first, and then play the recording on the musical instrument, simultaneously recording it on the computer, free from clicking sounds of the keyboard.  I am thankful that I have found a way to reduce the noises. 

The following is a new recording of one of the chorale preludes I am practicing this week.

Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ
(Praised be you, Jesus Christ)

arranged by C. H. Rinck

Have a great weekend.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Sky Watch Friday: December 3, 2021


Though I feel reluctant to go out on a cold day, once I start walking, I soon find myself enjoying taking a walk around the river. It will not be long before the riverbanks are covered with snow, so that we won't be able to walk there.

Skywatch Friday

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

A Little More on Advent

Early this morning I listened to The Adventure of Advent at Discover the Word again, taking notes this time, reviewing some of the verses quoted in the program.

Week 1: 
HOPE (the Prophecy Candle) -- expectation, anticipation

Isaiah 7:14, Luke 2:25-38

Week 2: 
LOVE (the Bethlehem Candle) -- the journey, Mary and Joseph, the sacrificial love

Luke 2:1-7, Micah 5:2, 1John 4:10


Week 3: 
JOY (the Shepherds Candle)   -- the inner joy independent of outer circumstances.

Luke 2:8-15, John 10:14-15

Week 4: 
PEACE (the Angeles Candle) -- peace in every dimension 

Luke 2:14, Isaiah 9:6, John 14:27

Christmas Eve or early morning of Christmas Day: 
CHRIST (the Christ Candle) -- the light of the world 

John 1:1, John 1:5-9, John 8:12, Matthew 5:14-16

          Christ hands the light to us and sends us to the world.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Happy Advent!


I've just listened to The Adventure of Advent at Discover the Word, in which I've learned what each of the candles of the Advent wreath symbolizes, though there may be some variations depending on different traditions. 

Week 1: hope
Week 2: love
Week 3: joy
Week 4: peace
Christmas Eve: Christ 

I love the beautiful idea of lighting Advent candles each week as we wait for Christmas, pondering on its meaning every year. 

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Ten Things of Thankful: November 27, 2021


Last Wednesday, Noriko shared with me some of the vegetables that one of her friends had given her. Though it was stormy on that day, Noriko's husband brought the vegetables to my house by car. It was very kind of them, and I am thankful for the daikon and the Chinese cabbage fresh from the field. 

Christmas is around the corner, and I enjoy practicing hymns and chorale preludes related to this season on the electronic organ, including Nun komm', der Heiden Heiland (BWV699)(Savior of the Nations, Come). 

I am thankful for the information about the lyrics and the history of this tune from the Internet. I also like practicing different versions arranged by other composers, like J. H Buttstedt and A. N. Vetter.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Six-Sentence Story: Lost

When I got up on a cold morning, I found one of the socks missing. Just before going to bed on the previous night, I had taken the pair off and put them on the chair, but now there was only one of them there. 

I looked all over my room, and then all over my house, but it was nowhere to be found. Someone in my family joked that a mouse or a rat had stolen it to keep itself warm.

A few months later, I used the remaining sock as a dust cloth, and threw it away.

More than three years passed, and I was surprised to find the lost sock at the bottom of a drawer, underneath the neatly folded sweaters.

this week's prompt: lost