(I wrote this post four years ago and thought I would share it again this Christmas Day. Merry Christmas to all.)
This year is the first time I can ever remember not having much Christmas Spirit.
Honestly I’m not really sure what Christmas Spirit is so I thought I would write about it to see if it helps me figure it out.
I guess most people would say Christmas Spirit is the feeling of joy and the spirit of giving.
I know when I was a kid Christmas was the most anticipated time of the year. The joy and the spirit of giving wasn’t the reason for the excitement, it was the joy of getting.
I was a kid and that’s what Christmas was all about. It was the one time of the year (besides your birthday) that you got gifts, nice gifts.
But it wasn’t totally about me and what gifts I was going to receive. I also loved the family getting together, the lights, the trees and the special once a year food. (Steamed shrimp, yum / fried oysters and oyster pie, yuck) Christmas Eve was the only time of the year my grandma got out her fine punch bowl and filled it with ginger ale and scoops of orange sherbet.
I grew up but hung on to the love that I had for Christmas. Continue reading
One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.
Paul addresses the fact that we all belong to the Lord. We all come from and go to God. But even though we all come from the same God, we are each unique individuals. We have our own minds, we live our own lives as we choose to live it. Continue reading
Then he said to me “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humble yourself before your God, your words have been heard and I have come because of your words.”
I like the message in this verse.
People say, where is God, why hasn’t God done what I wanted? Why hasn’t God taken care of me? How could God let this happen to me?
They conclude “Since my life isn’t what I think it should be or what I want it to be, there must not be a God.” The problem in that conclusion is the word “I”. It’s not about you and you wanting your carefree life. Continue reading
And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living? To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.
Isaiah is speaking about those who choose to consult mediums and spiritualists, those who feel the dead can give foresight and insight to the living. He is talking about those who choose not to have God in their hearts. He informs them of the results of such a choice. Isaiah is addressing what happens to us when times are tough, our faith is tested, and we have failed to let God into our hearts. Continue reading
2 Samuel 6:16-23 is the story of King David celebrating the Ark of the Covenant, or Ark of the Lord coming to The City of David.
Michal the daughter of the deceased King Saul, King David’s predecessor, looks upon David dancing as he celebrates the arrival of the ark with disdain. She despises David.
The verses never say exactly why she harbors these feelings of ill will towards David. My guess is she is upset over her father’s death and since David is his successor, she holds David responsible for his death. Although those feelings would be misguided, it seems only natural that when something bad happens we look for someone to blame.
Michal sees David celebrating and must have found it to be not very “king like”.
2 Samuel 6:14
And David danced before the Lord with all his might… Continue reading
For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it? But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.
Moses is giving the Israelites the commandments of God before they make their trip into the Promised Land, a trip which Moses will not make.
These verses hold a special meaning for me. Continue reading
You see a lot of people who claim to be very “spiritual” people. Most of these people like to advertise just how “spiritual” they are.
Spirituality isn’t painted on the side of a van, bus, trailer, car or house.
Spirituality is painted in your heart. It’s painted there for you and God to see and that’s all that matters.
Read Matthew 6:1-18 Continue reading