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Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.~John 16:33

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ~ eight maids-a-milking!
What a lovely way to remember the eight beatitudes from Matthew 5:3-12:

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall possess the earth

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they shall be satisfied

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called sons of God

Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

The Milkmaid by Jan Vermeer (c. 1600)

Beatitudo is Latin for happiness. I wish you happiness and blessedness, even in times of tribulation, in the New Year and always!


Margaret said...

Happy New Year to you, Bonnie! (Grand-mere?) That yoga post looks VERY difficult.(ouch)

Margaret said...


OldHorsetailSnake said...

There is no way anybody could do that Yoga move. Photoshopped, right?

Marie N. said...

he he he... the dancer in me wants to say "Point your toes!"

Happ new year!

vicki said...

Why! Why! Blessed am I! Tis Bonnie I find here, to warm my heart and soul! Happiness indeed. Oh, I'm SOOO happy to find these words tonight. Happy New Year, dear Bonnie.

Seamus said...

Happy New Year Bonnie! :)

raehan said...

When I am in yoga class, that position is sooo unispiring. In fact, I get downright annoyed when anyone pushes us to try it. It's uncomfortable and doesn't stretch anything.

And yet, there is is completely beautiful and inspring.

If families have bible passages as anthems, the Beatitudes was the family anthem of my childhood.

Thanks Bonnie, for this post. I am indeed unusually worried that 2007 will be a year of tribulation. This has only happened a few times to me, and if I remember correctly, all turned out well.

Beverly said...

Thank you for your post. A very blessed new year to you, my dear.

Big Dave T said...

What??!!! You side with those sushi-chewing, latte-sipping Trojan fans over your second favorite Michigan university? You traitor-to-your-state you. Vicki needs to work some magic your way. You're in denial or something.

Oh, yeah. Happy New Year. Very nice pictures as always. And I hope you and your's have a great 2007 (except in sports).

Melanie said...

Whoo hoo! You're back to blogging! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Bonnie!

srp said...

There is something to be said for contentment in the face of adversity. Sometimes our happiness is not as the world expects but rather in the hope of heaven. Have a blessed year!

Raggedy said...

Beautiful post!
Happy New Year!
I have missed visiting with you.
Extra hugssssssss from me to you..

Have a wonderful day!
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from
the Cool Raggedy one

Gail said...

Bonnie, are you a calendar girl? Which month are you, may I ask?

The pictures are lovely, as ever and just the right size! ;)

Jane said...

Bonnie! Thank Heaven!

You have no idea how much the blogosphere needs you.

I feel so much better now.

srp said...

This isn't a one time thing is it? Would more groveling help?

Miz S said...

Bless my buttons! It's my favorite mother-of-thousands. Happy New Year, Bonnie-Bonnie-Bo-Bonnie.

vicki said...

Mind your peas and beans; say a blessing before lentil soup!

Bernadette said...

Come Lord Jesus,
Be our guest,
And let legumes
To us be blessed.

vicki said...

A joyous Epiphany to you, Bonnie! Find the bean!

kimberly said...

I'm late to the party, Bonnie; where's the soup?

Happy 12th day of Christmas.

teahouse said...

Happy 2007!!

I love the Beatitudes. They've been among my favorites since I was a kid.

vicki said...

You and Maragret are coming together? Be still my heart! She is indeed coming in March so don't tease me if you're not serious. You must have a child that lives in this state or some good reason to come. Airfares are very low right now.

With wub, your friend by the bay.

Paul said...

Indeed He did overcome the world ! John 3:16 says it all for me !

srp said...

OK Bonnie. I have found a pattern here. You posted on Christmas and then on New Years.... so it must be the holiday thing.

Well! Monday the 15th is a holiday.... so another post? It is Martin Luther King day and if that isn't enough.. it is my birthday.. or rather my anniversary of my birthday... so a beautiful picture, and some culture, please?!

Just something here so I can come and feast my eyes and sooth the soul....

(This is additional groveling)

MSUgal86 said...

Glad to see you posting Spartan Sis!

Much happiness to you in the New Year and always!

Beverly said...

I love your comments on everyone's blogs. You are such a poet. If you come to Florida with Margaret in March, tell Vicki to invite me so I can meet you.

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