It is wonderful to have the opportunity to set up our first Meetup of the year with the celebration of our Mother Mary on the Solemnity of Mary, January 1st. It was on this day, I learned that we must have Faith. It was on January 1st 1999 when we were driving to our church in New York one more time before we drove away for four days driving to our new home in Texas. As I was driving to church that morning, I was deep in thought, missing the place I loved so much. Wondering if it was the right decision to pick up and move like that. As I was driving, a wonderful song came to my head and I was humming the music, just the music and my heart was singing, just the music to the song in my head. As I was driving, I was thinking how much I would miss my New York. The song kept singing in my heart. It was a song which I didn't remember the name of it and still at this moment, don't remember the name of the song. But the lyric, I knew by heart to that song, and was, "The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord lift His countenance upon you. And give you peace, and give you peace. The Lord make His face to shine upon you. And be gracious unto you, be gracious. The Lord be gracious, gracious unto you." And I just kept humming the tune in my head. Note, that was my first January 1st mass that I was attending. I've never attended a mass on January 1st before.
We stepped in the church with my family, attending just one more mass before our long trip driving fours days to Texas. As the mass started, we stood up, we sang, we sat down, and the first reading started and it said, "The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you." I was shock! I put my hands over my mouth, burst into tears and covered my face in my jacket; I started crying. Why? Do you know why? It was the words to the song that I was humming and not even knowing that the words to the song was the reading of this most gracious day. Why did I cry? I realized how amazing God is and how he confirmed to me, that He heard my complaints. He knew my thoughts. He heard my cry. He loves me. Do you feel the same? I realized, it was a confirmation, to me, was definitely a confirmation, that He has plans for us, at least for me, I know for sure, that was why were were going to Texas. I asked question no more and I accepted my fate, move forward and moved on. Looking back in time, it has been 12 years now. I look and realized why. That's another story. I hope you now can understand why I am so passionately about making rosary on this day, the 1st of each month, especially on January 1st.
I just checked YouTube and found this song that was singing in my head while I was at our old church. It is called The Lord Bless You and Keep You (Lutkin). Enjoy.
Now, before you watch this YouTube video, would you join me today and make rosary? It is a Sunday, a day that I will be packed with songs to sing from early in the morning to late in the afternoon. I enjoy my life in our choirs. If you would, please, make your rosary at wherever you are today. If you wish to join me in person and you are here locally, reply to this message if you've received the email from this group, or contact me. With the Internet nowadays, I can set up a G+ Hangout for our next Rosary Makers Day next month. Thank you. Have a Happy New Year! Be gracious and make your rosary today.