Monthly Archives: December 2014

Christmas Day

Immanuel is a Hebrew word meaning “God is with us.”

Immanuel has come… God is with us! Jesus has come to tell us the good news.

We sang this song this morning and it says it all. Good Christian friends, rejoice!

Good Christian friends, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice;
Give ye heed to what we say:
Jesus Christ is born today;
Ox and ass before him bow,
And he is in the manger now.
Christ is born today!
Christ is born today!

2. Good Christian friends, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice;
Now ye hear of endless bliss:
Jesus Christ was born for this!
He has opened heaven’s door,
And we are blest forever more.
Christ was born for this!
Christ was born for this!

3. Good Christian friends, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice;
Now ye need not fear the grave;
Jesus Christ was born to save!
Calls you one and calls you all
To gain his everlasting hall.
Christ was born to save!
Christ was born to save!

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Christmas Eve Night

Attending Mass was my highlight of my day! Father Tim talked about what was really important…Love. He asked who was coming tomorrow and of course the kids all said, “Santa!” with great excitement except one little shepherd said, “Jesus.” After Communion and just before the finally blessing, we had a surprise visitor. Look for yourself. Santa came; we heard a quiet ringing of bells and who should appear but Santa walking down the main isle. He made his way to the front of the church and walked toward the stable where the Christ child lay in the manager. He bowed, prayed and bowed again before turning to the crowd and said, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.” I was left in tears the true meaning of Christmas unfolded before my very eyes.

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Tuesday the Fourth Week of Advent

John 8:12 Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follow me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
The same light that was born in a stable in Bethlehem still comes to day!

Thank you one and all who journeyed with me this Advent. I am grateful for your presence.

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Monday Fourth Week of Advent

 Isaiah 60:1-2 For behold, darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you, And His glory will appear upon you.

Isaiah’s writing read if he could have been penned this weekend with all the sad, terrible news of police officers being killed around our nation. Accepting, helping and working together must start with each one of us. A simple smile or a greeting when you see a police officer, thinking of them as a mother, father, brother, sister, daughter or son of someone can go a long way. I realize it is easy for me to speak these words as a white, over 50 white, woman but that is who I am and work to understand how others feel and what they have encountered in life. Maybe it is standing up for a person in authority if the conversation turns negative at the water cooler or teaching our children to respect police officers. I believe it is in small ways that we can shine the light of Jesus to those around us.

Lord, Jesus, teach me and lead me to see ways to shine your light in our darken world.

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Saturday Third Week of Advent

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

This son that God has sent to us has many names, one is Christ, Christ means, “God Anointed One.” In the Old Testament, when God anointed someone he was saying, “I have chosen you. I have a special task for you to do.” In sending Jesus to us, God gave him a special task, to show us how to love one another. Today, we are called, Christians, I understand that to mean we are chosen and have been given a special task to do. Pope Francis on his birthday lived out that task, in part, by giving out 400 sleeping bags to the homeless in the city.

Christ, teach me to show your love by action to those around me.

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