Saturday, September 11, 2010

Creation Song

Verse 1 :
On the first day God made the light.
He called light "day", and dark-ness "night".
Se-cond day He sep-a-ra-ted wat-ers from on high.
The space be-tween He called the "sky".

Verse 2 :
He gath-ered wat-ers in one place.
Called them the "seas" and turned His face
Up-on soil re-main-ing where some-one could stand.
He called the ground He saw the "land".

Verse 3:
Still more to do on next day three.
God made the grass and flowers and trees.
Seed with-in the fruit would grow new plants just as they should .
God saw that ev-'ry-thing was good.

Verse 4
Fourth day He made two migh-ty lights.
Sun ruled the days and moon the nights.
Stars were twink-ling in the sky; a beau-ti-ful sight!
God's great cre-a-tion is just right.

Verse 5
All things were rea-dy for day five
God made birds fly in the blue sky.
Fish swam in the o-ceans just as they still do
Great fish and small ones were there too.

Verse 6
Day six was busy as could be
God made the an-i-mals and set them free
To roam up-on the earth and make more an-i-mals too.
God is so great! We know it's true.

Verse 7
Fi-nal cre-a-tion on sixth day .
A-dam in His im-age and then God did say,
"I will make a help-er so that he won't lone-ly be.
Took Ad-am's rib and then made Eve.

Verse 8
Hea-vens and earth in their ar-ray
Were all com-ple-ted in six days.
Sev-enth day He rest-ed from the work that He had done,
All with the help of Christ His Son.


A child came crying to his  mother and  complained that he has severe stomach-ache. She told him, “It is because your belly is empty. Come and have some food.”

The child obeyed.

The next day the mother had a heavy head ache. The child consoled her, saying innocently, “Mommy, it is because your head is empty!”

During summer vacation, the mother took her child to visit grandparents, and sure enough, the the child had a great time with his grandparents.

Upon returning, the curious child asked his mother, “Mommy, why are some of your hairs turning grey?”

She tried to use this occasion to reform him. “It is because of you, dear. Every bad action of yours will turn one of my hairs grey!”

The child replied innocently, “Now I know why your mother has only grey hairs on her head.”



Where is Jesus?

A Sunday School teacher asked her class, "Where is Lord Jesus today?"

Matt raised his hand and said, "He's in heaven."

Mary was called on and answered, "He's in my heart."

Little Johnny, waving his hand furiously, blurted out, "I know, I know! He's in our bathroom!!!"

The whole class got very quiet, looked at the teacher, and waited for a response.

The teacher was completely at a loss for a few very long seconds.

Finally, she gathered her wits and asked Little Johnny how he knew this.

Little Johnny said, "Well...every morning, my father gets up, bangs on the bathroom door, and yells, "Good Lord, are you still in there?!"



Oh no!! This is neither our gardener, nor our neighborhood.


Be the proof

During the oil boom days, a man in Texas was digging for oil. It seemed that his well was going to be a dry hole, but he believed that there was oil at that place. So he kept digging, and the people thought that he was crazy to keep on spending money on that worthless well. But he said that there was oil in there. He kept digging and spent all the money he had and borrowed about all he could get.

Finally one day, he went down until he struck a gusher. Oil was gushing out and fell all over his clothes.  He did not bother cleaning his body, and walked down the main street of the town. He did not have to say anything. He had oil all over him, on his face and clothes. Everyone could see that he had struck oil, for he had it all over him.

This story reminds me of the powerful quote by St. Francis of Assisi, "Preach the Gospel at all times.  If necessary use words."


Remembering 911

Grief is a tidal wave that over takes you,
smashes down upon you with unimaginable force,
sweeps you up into its darkness,
where you tumble and crash against unidentifiable surfaces,
only to be thrown out on an unknown beach,
bruised, reshaped...
It is the ashes from which the phoenix rises,
and the mettle of rebirth.

It returns life to the living dead.
It teaches that there is nothing absolutely true or untrue...

Grief will make a new person out of you,
if it doesn't kill you in the making.

- Stephanie Ericsso

Friday, September 10, 2010

Party by the pool

A rich guy in Texas invited a lot of bachelors out to his ranch. He got them all around and once he got them all in place he stood up before them and said, "Look over there at my olympic size swimming pool. I have filled it with crocodiles and alligators."

He said, "If there is anyone willing to swim from one end of that swimming pool to the other end of that pool and get out on the other side alive, I'll give you one of three things. I'll give you a 500 acre ranch, a million dollars in cash, or the hand of my daughter in marriage. Which ever one you want."

He had no sooner said it than somebody jumped into that pool. "Splash," he heard it and looked and there was a guy in that pool who didn't even take his shoes off. He still had a three piece suit on. He was swimming for all he was worth. Water was flying everywhere. Crocodiles snapping and alligators chasing him and this guy was going through it all. He swam all the way to the other end. He climbed out socking wet without a scratch on him. He was breathing deeply trying to get his breath.

The rich Texan went over to him and this is what he said, "Son, I meant this as a practical joke. I didn't really mean for anyone to swim that pool. But you did it and I'm as good as my word. Which one do you want, the five hundred acre ranch, the one million dollars in cash, or my daughter's hand in marriage?"

The young man looked at the rich Texan and said, "I don't want neither one of them. I just want to get my hands on the man that pushed me into that swimming pool! That's what I want!"


David and Goliath

When David saw Goliath, there were two possible reactions.

The first one was,  "Oh no, he’s really big, I better run away."

The second possible reaction was, "Oh no, he’s really big, how can I miss?"


Thursday, September 9, 2010

What is a Christian

Here is an anonymous letter which dates back to 2nd Century AD.  The writer describes about certain strange people who are in the world but not of the world.

"Christians are not differentiated from other people by country, language, or customs; you see, they do not live in cities of their own, or speak some strange dialect. They live in both Greek and foreign cities, wherever chance has put them. They follow local customs in clothing, food, and other aspects of life.  But at the same time, they demonstrate to us the unusual form of their own citizenship.

"They live in their own native lands, but as aliens. Every foreign country is to them as their native country, and every native land as a foreign country."

"They marry and have children just like everyone else, but they do not kill unwanted babies. They offer a shared table, but not a shared bed. They are passing their days on earth, but are citizens of heaven. They obey the appointed laws and go beyond the laws in their own lives."

"They love everyone, but are persecuted by all. They are put to death and gain life. They are poor and yet make many rich. They are dishonored and yet gain glory through dishonor. Their names are blackened and yet they are cleared. They are mocked and bless in return. They are treated outrageously and behave respectfully to others."

"When they do good, they are punished as evildoers; when punished, they rejoice as if being given new life. They are attacked by Jews as aliens and are persecuted by Greeks; yet those who hate them cannot give any reason for their hostility."


The Vulture and Hummingbird

Two kinds of birds fly over the California deserts - the vulture and the hummingbird. All the vulture can see is dead carcass and rotting meat, because that is all he looks for. He thrives on that diet. But the hummingbird ignores the carcasses and the rotten smell of dead animals. Instead, he looks for the tiny blossoms of the cactus flowers. He buzzes around until he finds the colorful blooms almost hidden from view by the rocks. Each bird finds what it is looking for.

What are we looking for? Better still, what are you finding? What you are finding tells what you are really looking for. Your expectations of life will determine your outcome. If you go to church looking for a blessing, you will find one. If you go to church looking for a fault or an excuse for staying home the next Sunday, you will find that too.


Duty of Husband

A devout Christian, who often helped his wife with the house chores finally protested when she demanded that he help wash the dishes. "This isn't a man's job," he said.

"Yes it is," she said. "Look up II Kings 21:13."

This is what he read, "...and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down."


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Happy Birthday - St. Mary

Holy Qurbana at our church concluded around 9:40 PM.  There was payasam (sweet rice) at the end of the service - a tradition that we've been following for many years.  There was a brief sermon with the message St. Mary is considered the second Eve by many theologians.  The First Eve fell for sin, and the second Eve (St. Mary) by virtue of her dedication to God, erased the first sin. The message conveyed the fact that St. Mary is the greatest woman ever born. It was also mentioned that St. Mary is regarded holier above all the angels of heaven.

As we conclude our 8 day lent today, we should remember to contemplate St. Mary's profound holiness and the virtues she espoused all throughout her life. Our veneration of Mary should be an imitation of her who achieved her destiny by freely cooperating with God’s love, reacting responsibly to the demands of God.

During difficult times, try seeking the intercession of St. Mary.  Just like how we approach our loving mother after a mischief, while it's hard to deal with our father, St. Mary can act as an intermediate person between us, humans, and God.  Throughout history, St. Mary is believed to have appeared to several people who seek her intercession.  There is one such shrine near Lilburn, where St. Mary is believed to have appeared; many of our church goers visit this place quite often.

As we celebrate Mother Mary’s birthday today, may we also be reminded that our life is God’s gift to us. While enjoying the life on this planet, at times we forget the fact that we are loved by God and we are blessed by Him who loves us. Mary never forgot this sublime reality. She knew very well that the same God who called her to be the mother of Jesus is with her all the time and that God loves her so much.

The best way to honor St. Mary on her birthday is to imitate her virtues and celebrate with her the abundance of God’s blessings in our lives.

As the day comes to an end; once again - Happy Birthday St. Mary!!


Happy Birthday to you, St. Mary

Mary/Maryam/Miriam was thus born to Joachim and Anna on Sept 8th, 20 BC - Happy Birthday St. Mary!!

If you refer to the Bible, New Testament does not speak much about St. Mary's.  However, Quran talks lot more about Maryam (St. Mary) than the entire Bible.  St. Mary is portrayed as a distinguished and honored person among women in the Quran. A chapter in the Quran is titled "Maryam", which is the only chapter in the Quran named after a woman.  In this chapter, the story of Mary and Jesus is recorded according to the Islamic view of Jesus.  Interestingly, the most detailed account of the annunciation and birth of Jesus is actually provided in the Quran.

The first council of Ephesus held in AD 431, showed devotion to St, Mary and adorned her with the title Theotokos - Mother of God.

We have Holy Qurbana at 7:00 PM at Church today, to commemorate the nativity of St. Mary.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Funny books and authors

“I Love Math Class” - Adam Up

“Making It Through the First Week Of School” - Gladys Saturday

“Walking To School The First Day Back” - Misty Bus

“What I Dislike About Returning To School” - Mona Lott

“The Day the Car Pool Forgot Me” - I. Rhoda Bike

“How to Join MENSA” - Gene Yuss

“Can’t See the Chalkboard” - Sidney Backrow

“Using Webster’s for Term Papers” - Dick Shunnary

“Practical Jokes I Played On the First Day Of School” - Major Crackupp

“Be the Teacher’s Pet” - I. Wanda Know

“What Happens When You Get Caught Skipping School” - U. Will Gettitt

“Is Life Over When Summer Ends?” - Midas Welbee

“What I Love About Returning To School” - I.M. Kidding

“Will Jimmy Finally Graduate?” - Betty Wont



We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

Let's face it - English is a crazy language
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger;
neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren't invented in England .
We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes,
we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square,
and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing,
grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?
Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend.
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and
get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English
should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.

In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
We ship by truck but send cargo by ship.
We have noses that run and feet that smell.
We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.
And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same,
while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language
in which your house can burn up as it burns down,
in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and
in which an alarm goes off by going on.

And in closing, if Father is Pop, how come Mother's not Mop?

About St. Mary - 5

Following the angel's command, Joachim headed towards home, and Anna ran towards the golden gate of Jerusalem to meet her husband.

At the golden gate, the entrance of Jerusalem, they came face to face, and shared their joy over the vision which they had both seen, and over the certainty that they were to have offspring.

Then they adored God and set out for their home, awaiting the Lord's promise in gladness of heart.


Monday, September 6, 2010

About St. Mary - 4

Then the same angel appeared to Anna, Joachim's wife, and said, "Fear not, Anna. I am that angel who has presented your prayers and alms before God; and now I have been sent to you to announce to you that you shall bring forth a daughter, who shall be called Mary, and who shall be blessed above all women".

The angel continued, "Get up and go to the gate of Jerusalem; and when you shall reach the gate, there will be a sign for you - you shall meet your husband, whose safety you have been anxious about. And when these things shall have so happened, know that what I announced shall be fulfilled."