A Christmas Surprise

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My Christmas went by with joy!

On boxing day my daughter and three grandchildren came over.  We had a great time. The best was when I gave out the gifts.  The children were overly excited by their gift.  It made me overflow with joy on the gift they received.  I gave each one of them a Fire 7 Tablet.  My daughter knew about them because back when I had the idea I asked her if she would approve.  She did because she could set parental controls on everything.  One thing she didn’t want on it was a certain chat app. It does not have that.

During our afternoon and talking about lots of issues my daughter let out that she has Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD).

I didn’t have the opportunity  to discuss it on a more deeper conversation, but, when the time is right I would love to talk to her about how it affects her.

So, I will be using Google quite a lot to get a better understanding of OCPD! If you or somebody you know is dealing with this, could you share some thoughts in the comment section below. Thanks!

Christmas Eve Guest Post – Dr. Linda Vogt Turner

Today I have the honor of introducing Dr. Linda Vogt Turner the author of the following post.

Bio

Dr. LindaDr. Linda Vogt Turner is a lay theologian, writer and faith based speaker living in Vancouver Canada where she was born and educated. Linda has written extensively on faith and justice themes. She received the Doctor of Humane Arts degree for The Ecumenical Affair in recognition for excellent written communication as related to palliative care reflecting Heartalk® –mediated Pilate Syndrome™. As of November 1, 2019, Dr. Turner is an appointed Professor of Practice in Creative Writing for the INTERCONTINENTAL OPEN UNIVERSITY. http://www.iou.edu.gr



O Holy Night – Nine Lessons

O Holy Night -pictureOn this Christmas Eve 2019, is your hope at an all-time low? Does peace seem an impossible dream? Has divisive political rivalry come like a thief in the night and stolen the love, joy, peace and hope of Christmas?

I remember a time when the faithful would go to church on Christmas Eve or make sure they were home to celebrate the gift and wonder of God’s LOVE coming down out of the midnight sky. Many people would go to church on Christmas Eve and children would re-enact Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, the city where David was from.

At the midnight service, people would gather at 11 o’clock to hear the Nine Lessons of Christmas read from the Bible and sing Carols such as O Holy Night.

THE FIRST LESSON

Genesis 3: 8-19

Then the man and his wife heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the breeze of the day, and they hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

So the LORD God called out to the man, “Where are you? I heard Your voice in the garden,” he replied, “and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”

“Who told you that you were naked?” asked the LORD God. “Have you eaten of the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?

And the man answered, “The woman whom You gave me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied, “and I ate.”

So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! …”

To the woman He said: “I will sharply increase your pain in childbirth; in pain you will bring forth children. You will desire your husband, and he will rule over you.”

And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you…”

Wow! The LORD God sounds angry. I wonder. Is disobedience the primary cause? Or is “hiding themselves”?

THE SECOND LESSON

Genesis 22: 15-18

And the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time, saying, “By Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will multiply your descendants like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will possess the gates of their enemies. And through your offspring all nations of the earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

Did you catch that? The LORD says “Myself I have sworn…I will bless you because you have obeyed My voice!” So “obedience” appears to be one key to being in relationship with God and “Not withholding or not hiding” what God values” is another key. For as in the beginning, hiding oneself and the truth…withholding something God values from God would bring curses, not blessings.

THE THIRD LESSON

Isaiah Chapter 9:2; 6-7

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom.…

WOW! a great light…a mega torch to shine for people in the dark. Did you know that the Greek name Helenē…means bright torch? And did you know that the Hebrew name David means “beloved”. Did you notice how the words a child and a son are wedded together in the phrase “for a child has been born for us, a son given to us”?

I wonder if the name Magdalene later given to Mary centuries later was originally a combining form of the Latin word “magna” meaning great and the Greek name “Helenē” meaning torch? MAGNA Helenē, does sound like Magda Helenē. I also wonder if the name Jo Seph is also a combining form of the two names Jo and Cephas that many people overlook?

I wonder. Is the Light shining in the Dark, The Divine Female?

LESSON FOUR

Isaiah 11: 1–3a; 4a; 6–9

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.

With righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;

The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

Careful now. Why would the spirit of the Lord, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, and the spirit of the Lord’s knowledge and fear bring this “branch” delight in the fear of the LORD?

Imagine…a world where a feared lion would starve himself to save a lamb and where a lamb would offer her very body to save a feared lion from starving.

Is this 4-fold Spirit SACRIFICIAL LOVE?

LESSON FIVE

Luke 1: 26–35; 38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. “Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” “The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

The Angel’s message perplexes Mary. She says how can this be? I am a virgin.

What is she really saying? Listen closely…bring her into your heart. Hear what she is saying.

“Joseph was born to be my Cephas…my Rock and my Lord. He and I were betrothed ages ago. He is the STAG of the Hebrew Song of Songs. I know this in my heart. Yet…I am a virgin to him. When I greet him with glad tidings and a hug, his woody branch remains flaccid? Why is he withholding his love and desire, his hunger for me? Is he afraid?

LESSON SIX

Luke 2: 1; 3-7

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

This is a faith story. Think about what kind of child Mary conceived of and delivered?

Let the EVERLASTING LOVE Mary has conceived in her heart and in the womb of her soul bring you closer to God. See her LOVE for her Jo Cephas come alive and see how her love and faith in God and neighbour transforms Jo Cephas into a Saviour full of love and desire who redeems Mary in the fullness of time to bring her delight and Great Joy to the World.

LESSON SEVEN

Luke 2: 8-16

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see– I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.

The Angel of the Lord stands among the shepherds and they see the Glory of the Lord. Their terror and fear subside as a multitude of heavenly host praise God and they see the child lying in the manger, wrapped in bands of cloth for themselves.

LESSON EIGHT

Matthew 2: 1-12

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Herod is the King and he is not about to pay homage to the birth of Mary’s divine conception. Kings in those days did not marry for love. Their marriages were all about preserving the King’s male blood line. So the wise men were afraid Herod would kill this Divine Couple and the newly born child the Angel and the Prophets predicted they would raise as God’s SON—before HE was of age and could speak for Himself.

Do you see the newborn ONE? Or has Herod and his cohorts killed HIM and convinced you this newborn ONE is a single male? Do you see what the angels and the shepherds see?

Do you see the glory of the Lord, the Don, the long-expected Bridegroom with his Glory…the Bride, the Madonna…come to life as CHRIST the Everlasting Father, the Wonderful Counsellor and the welcoming Innkeeper and his Wife as the Prince of Peace?

Do you see the ETERNAL LOVE growing stronger within and between this couple witnessed and testified to by their neighbor with each breath, each kiss and communique they share?

LESSON NINE

John 1: 1-14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

The name John means the Grace of God. John takes this name and gives his main characters names to reinforce his testimony. These names are like grace notes. They embellish the story and lead you to the heartbeat of the story. John also alludes to other well-known stories. This is the tradition of story-telling. So listen carefully. Each name John chooses is to help you hear and feel the heartbeat.

Don’t let Herod and his cohorts convince you Jesus Christ is a single male!

The WORD comes alive. The Spirit that hovered over the waters at the beginning of time is inside Mother Mary’s heart, body, soul and mind. As Mary speaks the very Word that caused the universe to come alive comes to John.

As John’s testimony unfolds in the following chapters, his followers learn how he loses his head, spends the night with the Spirit and how he becomes born again.

John’s disciples call him Lord Jesus and Rabbi and indeed his Testimony makes him the Son of Christ and the Son of God.

John and his beloved wife worship and adore the Mother of God and they receive Christ, the Bride and Bridegroom as the Mother and Father of God—and shelter them in a room set apart, yet attached to their INN. It is a very dark night. The couple need time to themselves. The Bridegroom has lost faith in himself and questions the Bride’s love for him. He does not feel godly or eternal. He has lost faith in humanity and kings. Racism, and humanity’s inhumanity to humanity has convinced the Bridegroom to hate kings and his life. He denies even knowing John with whom he has shared bread and wine.

When Mary is charged with blasphemy, Cephas mocks the idea of Mary being the Woman Jesus and him being the Christ. He sees himself as Mary’s male escort, not her intended. Doubt and fear grip Mary’s heart. John, his wife and the staff at the INN are afraid too and a pall of deep silence falls over them and the Inn.

As Christians discover with the conclusion of John’s Gospel, the darkness does not extinguish the light. Love brings a new and glorious morning. The Bridegroom reinstates himself and John and his beloved wife become the first reborn Son of God and give everyone who receives John and his gracious wife’s testimony, the power to become children of God and to live together in peace and harmony as ONE HOLY SON

Thus John says in Lesson Nine of the Christmas Eve Reading. “[W]e have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”

We, my beloved wife and I have seen Christ’s glory. We have seen the glory of Christ the Everlasting Father and the Wonderful Counsellor embracing each other in LOVE, becoming one Flesh and giving birth to their ETERNAL SELF and to my gracious wife, to me, and to ALL LIFE.

The FALL blinded and crippled us that day when we all ate from the tree of good and evil. In the dark, we became enemies of our godly selves and our neighbours. We lost our divinity. We were afraid to let the Truth, the LIGHT, come out. We were afraid confessing the Truth would reveal our nakedness and show us to be unworthy of love.

Reversing the FALL—let us repent and confess the Truth. We are God’s human family. Let us quit blaming and condemning one another. Let us put our divisive and contemptable ways of believing in ourselves, each other and our neighbours behind us. Let our love for one another show and when the night gets dark, remember how John the Innkeeper and his wife found a room away from the crowds for Mary and Joseph so that they could work things out and give birth to the ETERNAL LOVE and Peace planted in their hearts. When the night is dark, it’s easy to get caught up in blasphemy…denying, or doubting the promise and expectations of God.
Remember the Nine Lessons of Christmas Eve. As the Christmas story unfolds in your heart this year. Feel the heartbeat of God. Receive Christ as a Divine couple giving birth to their Eternal Love for each other and the Prince of Peace—John and his gracious wife. Let John and his wife’s hospitality and testimony fill you with the hope, peace, joy and love of God. So be it this Holy Night—Emmanuel. Let there be peace on earth!

Christmas Past

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When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things give off the greatest glow of happiness. –  Bob Hope

From: http://www.cherishyourday.com/ChristmasQuotes.html

I have been reminiscing about Christmas while growing up.  We lived in and around Windsor, Ontario where we very seldom saw snow on Christmas Day.  The first time we experienced a true white Christmas was when we moved to London, Ontario in the early seventies.

I have been digging down into the chest of those memories, some are very cherished, some will just stay at the bottom that chest.

Christmas morning always found myself and siblings excited to see all the presents under the tree.  There was one rule, we don’t touch them until my parents were out of bed.  I am not sure who had the more fun, us unwrapping the gifts, or the parents watching us letting out thrills of joy over our gifts.

Then we all would pack into the car to either go to my maternal grandmother for dinner, or just go visit the paternal grandparent.  Those visits also created some fond memories.

Now I live over a couple of thousand miles from that area, but, the memories are there at any time I wish to look in that chest of memories.

It is now me who is the father, the grandfather who is helping to create memories for those grand kids of mine.  There is no unwrapping of gifts Christmas morning.  Christmas Eve day is when they will visit, I will give my grandchildren the gifts I have for them.

Christmas Day will be quiet, sharing a meal together with my best friend.  Make some phone calls to my daughter and grandchildren to see how their Christmas morning went.

So, it’s those Christmas memories that I hold onto, memories that make me feel like I am back home with my late mother, grandmother.  It is those memories that I wrap myself in when I feel blue.

The 24 Hour Bully

The people who are bullying you, they’re insecure about who they are, and that’s why they’re bullying you. It never has to do with the person they’re bullying. They desperately want to be loved and be accepted, and they go out of their way to make people feel unaccepted so that they’re not alone. Madelaine Petsch
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If you haven’t you probably know someone who has had to contend with a schoolyard bully.  You know, the one who picks on the weaker to make himself feel better, does it to make himself feel good.

Or maybe it is a bully on the workplace, one who likes to throw his weight around. It may be his position in the company, his seniority.  Likes to take pot shots at those he feels superior over.

For those two there is some reprieve, at the end of the school day, and the end of the day at work.

The Bully Of A Different Kind

endless clock.gifThere is a different kind of bully, one that there is no reprieve, no way to escape from it’s taunts, ridicules, and harsh words.  That bully is what I will call “the 24 Hour Bully”. You must understand that this bully is within each of us if we so choose to allow it dwell there.

The 24 hour bully is there when we awaken every morning, follows us all through the day, and then there in our bedroom when it is time to go to sleep.  

Yes, I know there is medication that can quiet the loud voice in our mind, numb it’s effects of the hurt it inflicts upon us.  These medications for me leaves me with hangovers the next day leaving me feeling detached from what is happening around me. I hate this feeling, I do not feel alive inside me.

So, try as hard as I can this 24 hour bully just won’t shut up!

Hanukkah Celebration

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Image by Ri Butov from Pixabay

Hanukkah 2019 will begin in the evening of Sunday, December 22 and ends in the evening of Monday, December 30.

I thought it would be fitting to speak about a time that the Jewish festival called “Hanukkah”.  It celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the larger Syrian army.

I am not Jewish so my knowledge is limited about this festival. I am gathering my information from Wikipedia.

Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a menorah (or hanukkiah). One branch is typically placed above or below the others and its candle is used to light the other eight candles. This unique candle is called the shamash (Hebrewשַׁמָּשׁ‎, “attendant”). Each night, one additional candle is lit by the shamash until all eight candles are lit together on the final night of the festival.[2] Other Hanukkah festivities include playing the game of dreidel and eating oil-based foods, such as latkes and sufganiyot, and dairy foods. Since the 1970s, the worldwide Chabad Hasidic movement has initiated public menorah lightings in open public places in many countries.[3]

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To all of the Jewish faith I wish you the very best.

A Re-Blog-A Guide To Bipolar Disorder — Living With The Unseen

Bipolar disorder is another name for what was once known as manic depression. The word bipolar describes the mood fluctuations – from the extremely elated mood (mania) to the very low mood (depression) – that people with this condition may experience. There is now far more knowledge and understanding about how to treat and support […]

via A Guide To Bipolar Disorder — Living With The Unseen

Coffee, Cigarettes, Pity Party

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Read more athttps://www.brainyquote.com/topics/self-pity-quotes

During my worst depression which occurred after my suicide attempt in the morning all I would have is coffee and a cigarette.

While in treatment I came to realize that I was not alone immersed in the habit.  Along with that I big dose of self-pity.  Remember, this was before the phase of hospitals and public places banning smoking.  I have been admitted in two different hospitals and both had rooms for the smokers.close-up-photo-of-cigarette-247040 (1)

While having that smoke it felt like it was a contest to see who had the best pity story.  The issues were vastly different with each person.

I have now quit smoking. I now have coffee, but, I also have breakfast each morning.  Self-pity tries to rear it’s ugly head.  There are times I start to fall into that trap, mostly when I am alone and feeling lonely.  There are even moments when I think about having a smoke thinking how nice it would feel to soothe my jittery nerves.

So, I have learned that it seems that coffee, cigarettes, and pity-parties are great friends!

Getting To Know You

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I have had the opportunity to become acquainted with many wonderful people from many walks of life. I have known rich and poor, famous and modest, wise and otherwise. Joseph B. Wirthlin
Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/acquainted-quotes

Over the past several months things have been moving rather fast on this blog.  It has been one great learning curve for me.

I’ve become aquainted with many in the WordPress community.  I have learned how to interact with quite a few.  I love the back and forth with those I follow, those who follow this blog.

My likes for the blogs I follow are diverse.  Topics ranging from mental health, recipes, blogging tips, fictional writing, etc.,

I can also say I have found many new friends here in this WordPress community and I am sure will make many more over the next year of 2020.

I am borrowing this idea from Vee at #MILLENNIALLIFECRISIS, at least I believe it was her.

I am asking you to introduce yourself using the comment section. I would like to know how did you find this blog, the name of your blog and what is your main interest.  Maybe, even something a little quirky about yourself.  When mentioning your blog insert a link back to your blog.

Part of a song comes to mind that says:

Getting to know you
Getting to know all about you
Getting to like you
Getting to hope you like me

I am looking forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

The Ministry – The Travel Years

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People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. Eleanor Roosevelt
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It was 1980 that year was a year for me of learning that no text book in formal education could have taught me, nor prepared me for the road I was going to travel.  This was the year I had just bought my first car, a 1973 Ford Pinto Station Wagon.  Moved into my first apartment, bought groceries and stood at the checkout and cried realizing how little money I had until the next pay cheque.


Later on in life I saw a sign on a refrigerator door that said:

Please move out

While you think 

You still know it all!


Then I was asked by an evangelist to join his team as the organist.  I knew piano well enough to play with some confidence, but the organ, I didn’t have a clue.

Well I didn’t say yes right at that very moment and told the evangelist I need to thinks about it.  I first told my grandmother, then my mother, and then finally my Pastor.  This sparked a huge commotion within the local church family.  Some were totally against me going, others were ambivalent.

My Pastor was in the camp of don’t go and when asked why all they could say was they had heard stories, rumors.

To make a long drawn out story short I made up my mind and told that evangelist that I would join.

This was the beginning of a journey I would never have guessed that I was going to experience.  I entered a world that changed my outlook on evangelists in a completely unexpected way.

More to come —-

The Classic Christmas Song -White Christmas, Bing Crosby

This song is a classic, one that people of all ages and gender like.

Bing Crosby sings this in another classic, the movie, “Holiday Inn”.

This song draws out the fondest memories of Christmas back at our family home.

I have a feeling that almost everyone knows the lyrics to this Holiday classic!

Make the hot chocolate top it with a marshmallow sit back and enjoy!

The Forgotten

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What we have found in this country, and maybe we’re more aware of it now, is one problem that we’ve had, even in the best of times, and that is the people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless, you might say, by choice. Ronald Reagan
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***Special Comment:  I realize that people want to deck the halls, “Joy To the World” etc., but I am not trying to rain on your holiday spirit.  This is something that has been close to my heart for a long time.***

You probably have walked by them, maybe helped them, or even thought they are there on purpose.  They are from all walks of life, age, and gender.  Every day for them is a struggle for survival.  For a brief time I lived in a Northern Canadian city, it was a learning process, a shock to my senses, and broke my heart every day.  

In larger urban centers people become innocuous to the sight of them.  They become faded into the fabric of the background.  See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil!

Some believe that they can change, get a job, live in an apartment, etc.,  The fly in the ointment is this, they did not choose to be where they are.  Some it was the financial well went dry, others left home thinking the big city would bring them success, the rest have issues with their mental health.

Consider these facts:

So, during these Holidays when you think you didn’t get anything you wanted, think about these people.  

They are the forgotten!

Christmas Favorite – Battle Hymn Of The Republic

This version of The Battle Hymn Of The Republic is sung by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  It was on a Christmas Special of Touched By An Angel with Roma Downey.  It causes me to have goose bumps each time I hear this. The episode is in Season Six, sorry I do not remember the title of the episode.

Again, sit back, relax, and even sing along with this great song!

Some Of My Favorite Christmas Songs

I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite Christmas Songs.  For the next several posts I will share one of those.

Somehow music is remarkable, when we hear a song from our past we can tell someone where you were, who you were with.  Christmas songs to me bring me back to my childhood.  My mother loved to watch Christmas specials, like, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Ann Murray, and many more.

Maybe you have some favorites, would love to hear which ones they are.  I will find them and maybe post some of your favorite Christmas.

This one that I will post today was a Christmas Special by the same name, “The Little Drummer Boy”.

So, sit back for a couple of minutes and allow the good feelings of these songs permeate your entire being!

2020 Expectations

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I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine. Bruce Lee
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As a child I had expectations, dreams of what I would do when I grew up. Every child has the same dreams, dreams of success, who they will marry, how many children they will have.

Christmas was a time of great expectations also.  What type of gifts would be under the tree.  Question of if we would get the present I had been hoping for.

Parents have expectations of their kids.  Some try to live vicariously through their children.  I am sure my parents had those same hopes for me.  Well, my father wanted me to take up a trade which was the farthest thing in my plans.  My mother just wanted us to be the best of whatever we decided.

Expectations do not always come to fruition, which can bring about a sense of failure, despair, and the ultimate low, depression.

This year has only a few weeks left in it.  The new year starts fresh, clean, and for most hopeful.  Maybe, our expectation is that we won’t make the same mistakes that we did this year.

I tempered my expectations quite a while ago. I take it one hour at at time, one day, one year at a time.

So, here is to expectations, hopes, and dreams of 2020!

My Year In Review – 2019

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It seems hard to believe that this year will soon be over.  For me I can think that it seemed like yesterday when my daughter and grandchildren were here for Boxing Day.

This year has had some surprises for me, mostly good things.  Some of those are something I will always cherish.

  • Cortisone shots in my back – much needed relief from pain
  • Meeting great people through the medium of WordPress
  • My writing style becomes more focused
  • Learning some more basics of blogging
  • No major emergency 

That in general is my year in review of 2019.  When 2020 comes in I will continue to allow things to flow freely.

There is one thing I do not do on New Year’s Eve, I do not make resolutions.  For me it is just something to get depressed about when I break the resolution.

So, for all those who read this may the New Year be kind to you! 

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How I Write

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What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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When in active ministry either in music or speaking not all of them were inspiring to those listening.  It was always my intention to be inspiring though.

My approach to giving a message behind the pulpit was probably completely different than most Pastors.  For me it was I had to have it in me, something that I would have been going over it again and again in my mind.  Notes didn’t work for me they seemed to slow me down.  I wanted to be able to branch off if necessary while delivering the sermon.  For others they had to have notes that they spent hours if not days putting a sermon together.

I do not consider myself a writer as most are.  Yet, I have found some great writers within the WordPress community.  As I read their posts they seem to flow like a rippling brook.

Throughout history there have been great men and women who when listening to them inspired multitudes.  Men like Martin Luther  King Jr., President John F. Kennedy.

There for me are some authors that inspire me.  Andrew Murray, Watchmen Nee, R. T. Kendall.

During moments of inspiration will sometimes give me a thought to mull over in my mind, the basic foundation for a new message for Sunday Morning when I would step behind the pulpit to deliver it to the congregation. There have been times that I thought a message was nothing more than a dud, only to receive many good comments about the message.  It was the message that reached out to those who were listening to inspire something within them.

So, the next time you sit down to write write that which is inside of you!

Handling Christmas/Holiday Anxieties

person-holding-a-snowflake-3264658For this post I have put together some things I have done to avoid putting myself through Christmas Anxieties.

  1. Don’t try to impress people, just being myself.
  2. Don’t borrow money, i.e., taking money from rent or food money.
  3. Don’t wait till the last moment to buy gifts.  I bought gifts for my three grandchildren over several months.
  4. Avoid going shopping when it is at the peak of shopping rush.
  5. Forgo sending Christmas cards, phone calls are much more endearing.

Those are some things I put in place for several years now.  It keeps me from suffering extreme panic attacks.

Since the grandchildren are getting older I also forgo wrapping paper.  Instead use gift bags with some shredded paper.  They know the gifts are from me, not some made up character called “Santa Claus”.

Maybe you cannot initiate some of those things, but, I would encourage you to find ways that can save you those moments where you feel you are going to “lose it”.