An Advent Lesson ~ Viral (Warning!)

The Advent Virus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous via email

WARNING……WARNING: ADVENT VIRUS

Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:

  • A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
  • An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
  • A loss of interest in judging other people.
  • A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
  • A loss of interest in conflict.
  • A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious Continue reading
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La Besace

La Besace* — The Alms Bag

Fables of Jean De La Fontaine; Translated by Michael Star

One day mighty Jupiter said “Let all living things come before me to compare themselves, one with the other. Let no one be afraid to speak honestly even if they find fault. I shall ensure that no harm comes of it. Come Monkey, you are the one that should begin. Let all the others compare themselves to your beauty. Tell me, are you satisfied with yourelf?”

“Me?” He said. “Why Not! Is my body not as good as any of the others? And as for my face, there’s nothing to reproach myself for on that score. But as for my brother the bear, I have to say that I find his features rather coarse. And no artist would ever pick him as a subject for a painting”

Everyone expected the bear to reply angrily, but he didn’t. Instead he praised his own physique quite loudly. Then he went on to speak of the Elephant. He pointed out that Elephant could use a longer tail and smaller ears. In short he declared that the Elephant was quite misshapen and ugly.

The Elephant (wise beast that he was) did not retaliate. Instead, he opined as to how Madame Whale was really too fat. Madame Ant then said that she found the Mite a bit too small. It made her feel that she was a giant.

At this point Jupiter, hearing all these criticisms, angrily told them to stop. This didn’t scare the other animals who were still self-satisfied. And among the most self Continue reading

From the milk of human kindness ~

Teaching the Beatitudes – We are slow to learn and understand what is really important

Jesus took his disciples up on the mountain and gathered them around him. And he taught them, saying “Blessed are the poor in spirit. Blessed are the meek. Blessed are those who are persecuted. Blessed are those who suffer. When these things happen, rejoice, for your reward will be great in heaven.”

And Simon Peter said, “Do we have to write this down?”
And Phillip said “Is this going to be on the test?”
And John said, “Would you repeat that, slower?”
And Andrew said, “John the Baptist’s disciples don’t have to learn Continue reading

Walk on the Water

In this story, Peter is often discredited because he starts to sink. However, Peter should be credited for being the only one thinking. Peter and the other disciples were in the boat when they see Jesus, standing out in the middle of the lake. While everyone else is cowering, Peter thinks, “I’m here. Jesus is over there. Jesus is walking on water. I want to be more like my rabbi. I’m going to go walk to walk on water and go to Jesus.” Peter then asks Jesus for permission, which Jesus gives. Peter steps out of the boat, out of his safety zone, and starts walking on water through faith.

Then, Peter sees the storms of the outside world. He stops focusing on Jesus, and when Peter does that, he began to sink. However, when he cries out a simple prayer, “Help,” Jesus rescues him. In the midst of the storm, Peter cries out, and Jesus rescues and calmed the storm. When Jesus rescued Peter, Peter worshipped Him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Peter wanted to do something that was impossible, so he asked Jesus to call him. Jesus didn’t say, “Sorry, water-walking is for Messiahs only.” Instead, He said one simple word: Come. In fact, Jesus calls all of us to come. Come and follow me. Come and do the impossible through faith. Peter took the leap of faith and started walking on water, yet when he took his eyes off of the Prize, Jesus, he got distracted and lost faith. It’s the same way with us today, if we focus only on Christ, then we can do incredible things by faith, but if we take our eyes off of the Prize, we will get distracted from the goal.

When he got distracted and began to lose faith, Peter uttered the shortest prayer ever – “Lord, save me!” It’s a Continue reading

The Most Precious Gift

The most powerful force on earth is the human soul on fire.

So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them. ~ Genesis 1:27

Once upon a time, when God had finished making the world, he wanted to leave behind a piece of His own divinity, a spark of His essence, a promise to man of what he could become, with effort. He looked for a place to hide this precious gift because, He explained, what man could find too easily would never be valued by him.

“Then you must hide this gift on the highest mountain peak on earth,” said one of his angels.

God shook His head, “No, for man is an adventuresome creature and he will soon enough learn to climb the highest mountain peaks.”

“Hide it then, O Great One, in the depths of the earth.”

“I think not,” said God. “for man will one day Continue reading

Some Days I Just Don’t Want to … but God tells me: Do It ANYWAY!

Do It Anyway

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
LOVE THEM ANYWAY.
If you do good, people accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
DO GOOD ANYWAY.
If you are successful, you win false and true enemies.
SUCCEED ANYWAY.
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow.
DO GOOD ANYWAY.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY.
What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight.
BUILD ANYWAY.
People really need help but may attack you if you help them.
HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU’VE GOT ANYWAY.

~ reportedly written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, India,

This second version is attributed to Dr. Kent M. Keith and titled: Continue reading