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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

You Are Never Too Old

My 89 year old mom will be celebrating New Years Eve with her Bomber Pilot 90  year old boyfriend she knew in high school.  My mom was happily married to my dad until he died in 2002.  She nursed him for seven years after his stroke.  I am so glad she found love again with Jack who drives all the way from San Antonio to see her at least five times a year.  He is a blessing from God.  They have a favorite table at Edleveis, where they sell the best German food in the world.  He can still fit into his uniform he wore in WWII as a bomber pilot.  They have high school memories to chat about, as well as life adventures that happened along the way.

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Legend of the Sand Dollar

There's a lovely little legend
that I would like to tell,
of the birth and death of Jesus,
found in this lowly shell.

If you examine closely,
you'll see that you find here,
four nail holes and fifth one,
made by a Roman's spear.

On one side the Easter lily,
its center is the star,
that appeared unto the shepherds
and led them from afar.

The Christmas Poinsettia
etched ont he other side,
reminds us of His birthday,
our happy Chritmastide.

Now break the center open,
and here you will release,
the five white doves awaiting,
to spread Good Will and Peace.

This simple little symbol,
Christ left for you and me,
to help us spread His Gospel,
through all Eternity.

Author Unknown

One Christmas season I was making Sand Dollar Shadow Boxes for friends and family.  I took a profecter knife to open the shell so five white doves fell out of the Sand Dollar's skeleton.  I did this carefully so the shell was cut in half with a straight edge.  After doing this several times I was still amazed with the surprise of doves, a symbol of peace, in each shell. 

As I proceeded to cut the shell one more time and shake the Sand Dollar so the doves would fall out I got a beautiful surprise.  The five white doves were in the shape of a star.  Just like the star of Bethleham over the stable to Glorify the newborn King.  It built my faith even more to know the white doves are in the shape of a star just waiting to be discovered. 

I thought God is always there with His promise of Salvation and Gift of Faith.  We just need to open our hearts to discover its fullness.  He is there waiting for us.  The Sand Dollar is a way nature glorifies the truth that never changes.

John 1: verses 1- 5  Amplified version

"In the beginning (before all time) was the Word (Christ).  and the Word was with God Himself  a prophesy from Isa 9:6  He was present originally with God.  All things were made and came  into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being.  In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.  And the Light shines on in the darknesss, for the darkness has never overpowered it ( put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it). "

John 1:verse 14
And the Word (Christ)  became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed his tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we (actually) saw His glory (honor, His majesty) such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father; full of grace (favor, loving kindness) and truth.  Isaiah 40:5

John 3: verses 15-16
In order that everyone who believes in Him, (who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him) may not perish but have eternal life and ( actually) live forever!
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He (even) gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in ( trusts in, clings to, relies on ) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge ( to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.

 prayer for the Saints;
I Peter 5:14
To all of you that are in Christ Jesus (the Messiah). may there be peace (every kind of peace and blessing, especially peace with God, and freedom from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts.) Amen (so be it).

Monday, December 6, 2010

Decorating to Celebrate The Birth of Jesus

Beautiful church decorated to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  Scarlet poinsettias at the alter are put together in shape of a cross.  If you look at a sand-dollar you will see the same plant etched in the shell.  On the back are five holes which show where Jesus was pierced for our sins.  The candle is lit to symbolize Jesus is the light of the world.  Everyone sang Silent Night, Holy Night, all is calm all is bright.  We left and snow fell softly in the night.