Even Brussel Sprouts!
Political polls are a funny thing, and occasionally so are the results. A case in point:
A few weeks ago "brussel sprouts" polled more favorably than the United States Congress! And just ask any parent who has endured the nightly "eat your vegetables" struggle and they'll tell you things can't rate much lower than that!
Speaking of lower than that, there is a cartoon in which a husband and wife are sitting at the breakfast table. The husband says, “And how is the light of my life this morning?” The wife answers, “Just open the refrigerator door and you’ll see it.”
In another cartoon, a father and son are sitting in front of a laptop computer. The boy says, “Dad, is it true that when you were young you actually had to plug in to the Internet?”
There was a time, of course, when refrigerators didn’t have interior lights and computers didn't have Wi-Fi. And can any of us remember a time without political polls? The truth is the next generation will find it hard to imagine life without tablets and smart phones, texting and tweeting. And these days hardly a minute goes by when we don’t hear about the next novel, new gadget -- especially at this time of year. But none of this can hold a yuletide candle to the exciting newness of Christmas!
For us, the newness of the Christmas Event is not revealed in the ongoing search for novelty. Rather, we discover it in the renewal of the routine -- in the surprises of our “taken-for-granted” world. In the Christmas Event, God’s love and power enter into the mainstream of human existence. In Christ, God’s love and power are discovered in the most ordinary parts of our lives -- even brussel sprouts!
Carved in wood over the door of a Church in Ohio, are the words, “Enter at your own risk.” Consider the meaning of those words: When you seek to experience the Presence of God in Jesus Christ, it should be with the understanding that your life may never again be the same.
When you come into the Presence of the [...]
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Stories you can use...
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A little girl dreamed of becoming a great writer. Whenever she visited her grandmother she brought along her latest composition, and the grandmother was always happy to read it and make suggestions for improvement. On one occasion, the grandmother advised, “Mary, never use the same word twice in in a single sentence, if you can possibly avoid it.” The grandmother soon discovered how well that lesson had been learned when the child presented her with a sampler she made in sewing class. It read: “Home Sweet House.”
There is a wonderful story of General MacArthur during World War II. He called in his chief engineer on one occasion and asked it if would be possible to build a bridge across a certain river. The old, experienced, career soldier thought for a moment or two, then said, “Yep, general, I reckon it is possible.” “Good,” MacArthur answered, “have your draftsmen start on the drawings at once.” Three days later, he called the engineer back and asked how the bridge was coming. “It’s all ready,” the old soldier answered. “You can send troops across the bridge right now — unless you want to wait for the drawings. They’re not ready yet.” Now, it is not always a good idea to build a bridge before you have the drawings. There are certain dangers involved in that. But we have been through a period of time in the Church when we have grown sick and tired of sitting and talking and drawing when bridges need to be built. We want to be actively involved in what God is doing in the world. But, as Christians, we carry certain distinctive things into that action. One, obviously, is the love of God within us that Jesus opens up in our hearts, and we often talk about this. But the other is expectation, and we don’t talk enough about that. When we’re teaching our children, when we’re doing whatever we’re trying to do in furtherance of God’s will, we carry into that situation our expectation about the future. We see that situation in the perspective of God’s movement into the future. And it makes all the difference.
In recent years, some members of our Society have become more aware of the benefits of solitude, as various forms of meditation have gained popularity. But the majority of Americans are still hurried, harried and “too busy” to reflect. Actually the problem is not lack of time, because we all have 24 hours a day. It is really a matter of priorities. The things at the top of our list of priorities get done; the things at the bottom get neglected. So if the need for reflection becomes a high priority, we won’t have to “find time” for it, we will “make time” for it and let something else go. As for the “How?” of reflection, each of us must shape our own pattern, our own time, place and way of evaluating our lives and revising our goals. New Year’s Day can be a perfect time to begin, and a good Resolution would be: this year there will be some REGULAR TIME ALONE FOR ME. As you hang up the new calendar, why not mark some dates and times on it? Surely your time to be alone deserves equal billing with the dinner party, the committee meeting, the beauty shop or the automobile tune-up.
Husband and Wife
The “Dear Abby” Columnist, Abigail Van Buren, received the following letter from a frustrated reader: Dear Abby: My husband hates to spend money! I cut my own hair and make my own clothes, and I have to account for every nickel I spend. Meanwhile he has a stack of savings bonds put away that would choke a cow. How do I get some money out of him before we are both called to our final judgment? He says he’s saving for a rainy day. The letter was signed, “Forty Years Hitched.” Dear Abby wrote the following response: Dear Hitched: Tell him it’s raining!More