Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday



A Thanksgiving Prayer

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings, thank You, Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible, thank You, Lord, that I can see. There are many who are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising, thank You, Lord, that I have the strength to rise. There are many who are bedridden.

Even though the first hour of the day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned, and tempers are short, my child is loud, thank You, Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely.

Even though I read that it costs over $250,000 to raise a child from birth through college, thank You, Lord, for the miracle of life. There are many who have never had the blessing of having children.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the pictures in magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced, thank You, Lord, for the food we have. There are many out there who are hungry.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day, wishing my circumstances were not so modest, thank You Lord, for my life.  I am still alive.

Even though the routine of my job is often monotonous and that some of my students seem bent on refusing to learn, thank You, Lord, for the opportunity to teach. There are many who are not allowed to share their knowledge.

Even though I am miles away this Thanksgiving Day from some of the people that I love the most, thank You, Lord, for memories of love and friends and family and Thanksgivings. There are many who have been robbed of their memories by age or disease.

And even though I have grown older and face the challenges of a new millennium, thank You, Lord, for being by my side now and for the promise of eternal life through Your son, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving

Oh Heavenly Father,

We thank Thee for food
and remember the hungry.

We thank Thee for health
and remember the sick.

We thank Thee for freedom
and remember the enslaved.

May these remembrances
stir us to service,

That Thy gifts to us
may be used for others.


Credits: Benoy Jacob
Author: Pauline Phillips

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Reasons for Thanksgiving

Trains, cars, airplanes, horses and buggies that allow us to travel great distances to share Thanksgiving with our loved ones.

The spouse who complains when dinner is not on time, because s/he is home with me, not with someone else.

The teenager who is complaining about doing dishes, because that means she is at home & not on the streets.

The mess to clean after a party because it means I  have been surrounded by friends.

The taxes I pay because it means that I'm employed.

The clothes that fit a little too snug because it  means I have enough to eat.

My shadow who watches me work because it means I  am out in the sunshine.

A lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning  and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.

All the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech.

The space I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.

My huge heating bill because it means I am warm.

The lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means that I can hear.

The piles of laundry and ironing because it means I have clothes to wear.

Weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.

The alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because  it means that I'm alive.

Getting too much email bogs me down but at least I know I have friends who are thinking of me.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Best friend quotes

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walk out.

A best friend shares the good times and help you out by listening during the bad times.

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

Best friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway.

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

Never explain yourself. Your friends don't need it and your enemies won't believe it.

If all my friends were to jump off a bridge, I wouldn't jump with them, I'd be at the bottom to catch them.

There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends.

One who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure.

A friend is a gift one give oneself.

My best friend is the someone who brings out the best of me.

The medicine of life is to have true faithful friends.

A best friend can tell you things you don't want to tell yourself.

Lots of your friends want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

The best mirror in the world is an old friend.

A true friend is someone you can disagree with and still remain friends.If not, they weren't true friends in the first place.

A friend accepts us as we are yet helps us to be what we should.

True friends are very difficult to find, hard to leave, and impossible to forget.

A true friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart.

Hold a true friend with both your hands.

When you look around and your world is crumbling or when you think no one loves you, your best friend is the one to run to you.

A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half cracked.

Thick and thin, tall and small, fast and slow. Tell me who is always there for you. I am sure you know. Your best friend, of course, don't let him or her go.

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World Clock




Credits: Poodwaddle.com

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ten commandments for husbands

  1. Thou shalt not take thy wife for granted, but will honour and respect her as thy equal. (1 Pet 3:7)
  2. Thy highest allegiance, except God, shall be to thy wife, not thy relatives or friends. (Gen 2:24)
  3. Thou shalt frequently tell thy wife how important & valuable she is to thee. (Phil 2:3; Prov 31:10-11)
  4. Thou shalt hold thy wife's love by the same means that thou won it. (Sos 5:10-16)
  5. Thou shalt actively establish family discipline with thy wife's help. (Eph 6:4)
  6. Remember to do all the little things for thy wife when you say you will. (Mt 5:37)
  7. Keep thine eyes on thy own wife, not thy neighbors. (Prov 5:15-20; Job 31:1; Jer 5:8)
  8. Thou shalt make every effort to see things from thy wife's point of view. (Gen 21:12)
  9. Thou shalt not fail to kiss thy wife every morning. (Sos 8:1)
  10. Thou shalt not be stingy with thy wife when it comes to money. (Esther 5:3)
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Gospel Reading Nov 21



Today's Gospel reading was about Archangel Gabriel appearing in front of St. Mary and proclaiming that that she would become the mother of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Despite being a virgin, Mary would miraculously conceive a child who would be called the Son of God. This is the begining of the Christmas story.

The first words that Gabriel spoke to Mary 'Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.' are very important words. 'Highly favoured' means 'God's holy grace is upon you' and is a divine blessing from God - something that would have never normally been said to a peasant girl like Mary! She would have been very scared by this and that is why Gabriel said 'Do not be afraid'.

Mary would have been very surprised with the Gabriel saying that the Holy Spirit would be in her, because in the old Jewish stories, only the very important people had the Holy Spirit come into them. Mary was probably about 14 to 16 years of age when Gabriel visited her.  This was a very common age for young women to be engaged and marry in biblical times.

St. Mary is considered the most blessed woman in mankind, because she got the opportunity to be in the role of God's mother. Anybody would have loved to be in that role.  However, St. Mary had to endure tremendous hardships being in that role.

Being practical, we cannot expect Angel Gabriel appearing to us everyday.  Instead, in today's world, there are few women who are blessed by the Holy Spirit.  Such women continue to let this be a man’s world and continue to provide a bower of bliss at home. Those women have a twinkle in their eyes, and it's visible in their actions.  Her greatest career is to help her family and to start her children off in the right direction. Women should be reminded that they can have just as much pride saying, "Look, I stayed home, and I have raised my children." I don’t think women can do any better than that. That’s even more important than winning the Nobel Prize. The women who stay at home endure great hardships juggling home chores, kids' education, cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc., with no time to take care of themselves.  These are the 'blessed women' of our times, and lord is certainly with them.

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