Christmas Giving For All Lost Souls
An acrostic poem
sad and sorry,
visions of his
grace and glory.
over the land
rampant sin wages
atrocities in his name. We
lose sight of what the season is about.
Lose sight of what he is about.
Sacrificing our salvation
over greed, power, lust, fear, we are but
undulating lost masses of flesh, not humanity,
lost but for his grace and his gift…
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Let's put Christ back in Christmas
His gift is the only one that really keeps giving all the years long. His is the grace that allows for those of us who believe in him to be more than we are, to forgive, to strive through pain, to love through trial and torment, to truly live. He is the hope for humanity, the original spirit of brotherhood for all mankind, the best of any ideal we can ever aspire to know.
How is it we can wage war in his name? How is it we can hurt others through word, thought or deed when we say we believe and think they don’t? Did he not say plant a seed, not stomp on it for not sprouting as we wish? Christ loves the sinner. Is there anyone alive or dead who doesn’t fit into that demographic?
Religion has for eons untold been an excuse used for waging war. Personally, I have a theory on this. I don’t know if anyone will agree, and I suspect many may take offense and for that I am sorry, but this is my thought. The Bible tells us of a man who tried to build a ladder to heaven. I believe his name was Nebakanezer. If I remember correctly, and that’s a big if folks, I do believe God struck down the effort to reach heaven through deed and at that time divided mankind making them speak different languages and scattering them to far away lands.
While Santa keeps getting top billing at the Mall, Christmas is truly about Christ.
What's In a Word?
Language itself shapes the way we think. It shapes how we communicate. Read anything that has been translated several times and compare it to the original work and you will see so much is lost in translation.
What if many religions, maybe most religions, though using different names and phrases were at their inception actually talking about the same God? Is it so far fetched to think that they are not considering each language is different? How could each use the same name for him or for religion itself when he purposefully made each language different at that time?
What kind of light does that shed on war waged in the name of religion?
No man is perfect, far, far from it. Man en masse is much less so. Why is it that as a collective we tend to be so much more cruel than I have to believe most of us are individually? What fear is it that drives our nations to such acts of brutality in the name of a so called good, in the name of what‘s right, in the name of God? Does anyone else see the glaringly tragic irony?
Let’s not only put Christ back in Christmas, but in the rest of the year, every year, as well.
is the only way to
let his voice be heard, to
enter our hearts
to speak to our souls.
is the time.
Go to him in prayer. Open your
heart to the only gift that will ever matter,
to his divine love.
The Temptations Silent Night
So many of us, myself included, are seldom if ever still, ever silent within ourselves. Is it not possible that we don’t hear Christ because the constant symphony of crazy going on inside us drowns out his voice? Be still. Let go of the thoughts, the emotions, the fears and ideas, the constant mental process and allow something larger in. He said he will only come when asked. He was not known for screaming over the din. Be silent within yourself. Be at peace. Let go of that which fills us so that something greater can.
All I want for Christmas
All I want for Christmas is
love for my fellow humans,
love for all creatures great and small.
wintry lands and desert sands
all the scattered vestiges of humanity
now come together in harmony.
Tonight. If just for this one night.
For we must love each other. We must
overcome the hate and fear.
Rejoice my brothers and sisters for
Christ died so that we may live.
He gave his very blood for you.
In every soul there longs forgiveness.
Sin is in us all.
Today, right now, always, he is with us to wash it away.
The Grinch That Stole Christmas
The frailty of man afflicts us each and everyone.
Hatred creeps into our hearts like a thief in the night,
ever diligent in evil’s desire to corrupt our very souls.
Give yourself over to a power greater than yourself.
Reach out to the love and forgiveness only he can give.
Inside each of us there is the spark of greatness that only he can ignite.
He won’t do it for you.
That only you can do for yourself.
His grace and love knows no bounds.
Acceptance is guaranteed when asked for with honest belief and repentance.
That grace is beyond any gold, any power, any human love or ability we possess.
Seal yourself to his kingdom,
the kingdom that will never die, never be conquered.
Only it will go on for time everlasting and inexhaustible.
Let his love be your north star for all others are but shooting stars soon to crash.
Ever and ever is the limitlessness of his love, his ability to work miracles in our lives.
is our only
Trust in him
more as each night you
In his name to awaken anew.
Don’t let the Grinch steal your heart.
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And, after Christmas... What then?
The coming year promises to be challenging on a scale most of us can only dream of in our worst nightmares. When can you remember we as a collective human group ever facing so many tribulations at once? Wars and violence cover the globe like a spreading cancer devouring everything good they can. Famine and plague, oppression and greed, lust and sin have become more common place than prayer. They surround us and bombard us from all directions every time we go outside, turn on the TV, surf our dear internet, play our mindlessly addictive games that do no good for anyone, and spend money on things we don‘t need in an effort to fill a hole within ourselves that never can be filled by anything mankind can produce. God has been kicked out of our schools. Christ is no longer welcome in Christmas in too many public places. The Lord’s house is defiled by our young, the so called hope for our future. Santa is a more recognizable figure to children than Jesus. Hate has become the meat and potatoes on too many tables. Fear has taken the reigns of the masses and sent them screaming into the streets to beg for they don’t even know what across the globe.
Stand up within yourself. Believe, for that may be all we have to sustain us in the coming months and without it we are doomed. None of us can handle what is to come on our own. Anyone who thinks they can, even with the support of all of their family and friends is being dishonest with themselves. The coming trials are larger than any group of us alone can ever hope to be. He will be your strength. He will be your guide. He will save you. Yes, many of us will die in this life, in this upcoming year. He will be sure you live in the next, in the only one that matters, that lasts, that means anything.
Christmas is the season of hope. Let us cling to it and to our Lord as the lifeline he is.
God bless us all this Christmas and may we never, ever, forget Christ is the reason for the season.
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So Many Are Hurting
This Christmas even more so than most many American families are suffering. Won't you consider giving to another, if you can? If you can't afford to give monetary contributions, or food, or toys, or whatever, please, consider donating some of your time.
A great activity to help children learn that giving is what is most important is to take them, while you are there supervising of course, to volunteer some time serving meals to the homeless.
A few other worthy causes that will teach the same important lesson...
- Help out at a local nursing home
- Help out at a local animal shelter
- Spend some time cleaning a local park
- Help plant a community garden
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