The stores are full of people looking for just the right gift. The store itself is decorated for what they call Christmas. Christmas songs are filling the air. I can’t think “Rockin’ around the Christmas tree” is a Christmas song! I’m sorry to say that I rather like all those things but when I am home in my quiet bedroom I know that Christmas is a day with far greater meanings than “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.” (a song I dearly love)
I am really happy that President Trump has said it’s good to say “Merry Christmas” to one another again. But I am unhappy that all good Christmas items like the scene of the Mary, Joseph and the Christ Child cannot be seen in schools or any public place. Folks just don’t know the real meaning of Christmas
Even the word Christmas is everywhere from selling cars to skimpy underwear is flung around as ideas for gift giving. However, the word separated tells it all. Christ-mas is an old fashioned word telling us that it is a christian day for celebrating Christ birthday. The word Mass means a solemn service in a church.
So, how about some unwinding and taking time to worship the Christ who took away your sins and made it possible for us to call God our father. I have tried to decorate our home as a celebration of Christs birthday and leave all the worldly things to those who don’t know Him. I sure wish they did the same. We would be a happy people then, wouldn’t we?
Black Friday sounds kind of ominous, don’t you think? And it’s still black friday too. It doesn’t seem to end! I don’t know when it started but I do know it hasn’t been around long. I see pictures of loving housewives on television losing their loving selves and actually fighting with other loving housewives just to buy that “thing” they wanted. Why! their hair is flying all over the place and they look nothing like the loving housewives they really are.
Maybe it’s a demonic idea, but I wonder if store owners just wanted to get rid of items that hadn’t sold and thought a black Friday would do the trick. It did too. If you drive around in the middle of the night you will see cars going way over the speed limit just to get to that store before that “thing” is gone,
I don’t go. I probably would lose every bone in my 91 year old body fighting with my best friend to get that “thing” I truly do want!
It seems that this is just another reason our country is in such a bad shape. We are a selfish nation, wanting everything for ourselves and forgetting that family who has nothing, not even food!
I can see, in my mind, the Pilgrims and the Indians sitting down to their first Thanksgiving dinner. Oh, how thankful they were to God! They had gone through a horrible winter and many had died. In the spring they planted the crops as taught by the Indians. This was their turning point and the Indians were invited to the bounty!
Are we as thankful as they? As Christians, we have much to be thankful for, but I have managed to pick out one to write about this week. We are free, free indeed. God loves everyone. He loved us so much He sent His son to come down as a baby. God must have loved us to do that. That baby, Jesus, grew up humbly, a human being but without sin. He was murdered, killed for all our sins. Then, he rose again to show us we can have eternal life. Isn’t that worth thanking him for this Thanksgiving day?
However, for those of you who somehow have taken God out of your lives, do you remember what I wrote above? God loves everyone, even you. So, maybe you will take Him back into your life this Thanksgiving Day. You will find you are free and you will be thankful to a very loving Father.
I wish all of you a very thankful Thanksgiving Day. I will be at my daughter’s home with all my children and grandchildren except my son and his family in New Mexico who have much to be thankful for. It has been a tough 2017 for them. I have written about that past blogs. He just this week was fitted with an artificial leg! Halleujah!
Moses was an ordinary person. We are inclined to think of him as sort of a super man but that isn’t true at all. He loved God with all his heart, but he sinned just like the rest of us. He once told a lie. He said his wife was his sister, but he also was obedient when God told him to sacrifice his only son on an altar in the mountain. God stopped him and supplied a ram to be sacrificed instead of his son. He trusted God.
As we read that story in our Bibles it’s easy to think,”Oh sure, it was easy for him, but that doesn’t mean I should have the same kind of faith!” Yes we can. God chooses people who are ordinary just like Moses to do extra ordinary things. Maybe he is calling you today to visit someone who is lonely or ill. If you believe God and follow Jesus, you may be asked to do many extra ordinary things.
Just sit down in your easy chair and wait quietly. Something will come to you, something you have forgotten to do, or something you should do. That is God! It’s time for you to get about doing what you know you should do.
We all miss the mark sometimes, even Moses did. Isn’t it wonderful God will forgive us ordinary people?
There are so many references to peace in the Bible. Peace must be very important to God, don’t you think? What does He mean? There is the peace treaty that leaders of countries sign when they agree not to kill each other anymore. I don’t think that is it. God is thinking His kind of peace is much more than that.
There is also the kind of peace when a neighbor agrees with another neighbor that they will get along better with each other. Or, when a Republican agrees with a Democrat that they will agree not to agree.
There are so many ideas concerning peace. We all know the feeling of peace that comes over us when all seems well, when we are outdoors and gaze at the moon, or the sky, trees and grass, all of which God has made. That’s a good kind of peace, isn’t it?
However, I believe peace is much more than that. A class of artists was asked to paint a picture depicting peace. One artist painted a storm. Wind and rain were coming down hard, but a bird was in her nest, her feathers were covering her little ones. When asked why she painted a picture like that, she said, “The baby birds knew that the mother bird would take care of them, and the mother bird knew that God would watch over them. They felt peace,
When we trust God with everything, weather, money, home and family, illness or whatever, we will know what peace is. God will take care of anything His way. He knows the way and if we trust Him with our hearts and souls, He will listen to our pleas but do what is right for each of us. Sometimes it doesn’t seem right but we will keep our peace if we trust in God enough to know that He knows what is best for us. And that peaceful feeling is so, so good!
I can’t write anything today. My son is right down in bed. His sciatica is in his back and legs. I am trying to nurse him, which doesn’t work too well because of my age and my back and knee. I hope you are all well and happy!
When I was a little tyke I thought the day was great! In school we made lots of jack-o-lanterns out of the pumpkins a farmer or two brought a day or so before, and we made ghosts and goblins out of construction paper. In the evening,we had a party with games and doing what I liked the best, bobbing for apples. I still believe Halloween is really for kids, except for the teenage boys who tipped over the backhouses! People say,”The boys didn’t really do that, did they? Oh boy, I’ll say they did! In our little town you could see fathers out trying to make right, the wrongs the boys did on Halloween night.
Halloween has changed though, and I’m not at all sure the change was good. I am not sure when “trick or treat” began, but I joined in with the other mothers, making outfits out of old clothes and then letting them go out and get candy which was not at all good for the teeth! That custom seems to be going away though. It just isn’t safe for children to be running around after dark these days!
What I’m really upset about is the cost. Little kids aren’t satisfied unless they can get a new outfit every year! And the merchants are anxious to help them. The kids shop right along with the adults, who are looking to find the right thing to wear to the grown up parties held on Halloween night. And grown up parties are taking the place of the simple things children used to do.
Maybe we should be remembering that October 30th is the day Martin Luther posted the 98th thesis on the door of the Church 500 years ago. Everything has changed since then. The Catholics have changed much of their former doctrine and the whole Evangelical movement has grown up to believe the way God intended, Faith, not works, should be the norm for all of us. Wouldn’t that be a holiday? It wouldn’t cost very much either, the change would be on the inside rather than our outside costumes. Happy Martin Luther Day, everyone!