Archive | December, 2018

A Time For Reflection

10 Dec

Now is a time for reflection…

Christmas is the season for Rebirth, renewing the Love of those we hold dear. It is the time for Joy and Happiness. It is also a time for Peace and Reflection.

Here is a little known secret to reflect about in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”:

-The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ.

-Two turtle doves are the Old and New Testaments.

-Three French hens stand for Faith, Hope and Love.-

-The four calling birds represent the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

-The five golden rings recall the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

-The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.

-Seven swans a-swimming represent the seven-fold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking are the eight Beatitude’s.

-Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

-The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.

-The eleven pipers piping stand for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

My true love is God!

This is what Christmas is all about!

With all this in mind I sincerely wish each and everyone of you a Very Merry Christmas! May your life be full of Love, Joy, Happiness and Peace. I pray for a complete Rebirth of Spirit for all. God bless you all!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Let There Be Peace

9 Dec

Let There Be Peace…

The past few weeks have shown us a volubility in sanctity of our world. Between the conflicts overseas, to the outright murder of police officers, the senseless killing of our youth across the nation and the growing divide in our churches and Country over what the Constitution really says. This is heartbreaking!

Growing up I learned peace is not the absence of conflict in our lives, but rather the ability to cope with it. Over my lifetime I found it took another definition: Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; there will always be differences. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.

The source of peace is our Creator, Jehovah God. Why? He is the “God who gives peace.” (Romans 15:33) Under the rule of his Kingdom that is soon to come, there will be an “abundance of peace.” (Psalm 72:7; Matthew 6:9, 10) This is far more than just a feeble peace settlement. Such accords often herald little more than a brief interruption in hostilities. But God’s peace will eliminate all causes of war and strife. In fact, no one will learn war anymore. (Psalm 46:8, 9) Real peace for all at last!

As beautiful as this hope is, you might nevertheless yearn for a measure of peace right now. Is there a way to find inner peace that can carry you through our troubled times? Happily, the Bible shows us the way. Consider some guidelines in the 4th chapter of the apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

To me the song – “Let There Be Peace On Earth” says it all:

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.
With God as our father, brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me let this be the moment now.
With every breath I take, let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment, and live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.

Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will ever see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14)

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Change Your Life…

2 Dec

Change Your life…

When we wonder why things seem to go a different way than we want, we need to examine our ways. Grandfather always had a way of getting my attention when I brought things to His attention that didn’t seem to go right.

One of his favorite sayings: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

Sort of makes you think doesn’t it? Sometimes we just have to look at things in a different way in order to see what is hiding in the bushes. Is it that blessing we were looking to share? Life is full of twists and turns and we have to be flexible in our thoughts and ways in order to negotiate those little roadblocks.

Sometimes we tend to look at things as the only way, failing to see what is the way for us does not necessarily mean that everyone else sees it the same way. I have learned over the years that there are many ways to look at a problem and as many ways to correct it. The same goes for life. We all need to begin to look at life as a challenge that has many twists that can be approached in various ways. In other words we need to become flexible in how we deal with life and people for what is good for us just may be a disaster for someone else. So, as a result, I have learned to look at all sides of a problem before determining how to fix it. I’ll add it was hard to transition to this approach, but after seeing how people suffer trying to cope in today’s world I found I made the right choice.

Choice – it’s the key word here. We have all learned that it’s the choices we makes in life, good and bad, that makes us who we are. We have also learned that when we make bad choices and end up somewhere in oblivian, we can always change our direction to get back on the right path.

The right path, just what is it? As Christians we follow the bible and it is very clear there just what our path is to be. Yet so many of us choose to ignore that part of the bible and just follow the parts we agree with. I have found, and not trying to be judgmental, that the part so many seem to ignore is where Jesus said “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22: 37 – 40. The problem to some is, just who is your neighbor?

I see my neighbor as being everyone in the world and even though that may talk and think differentially than I do, they are still my neighbors. We don’t always agree on how we approach things, but we respect each other’s right to think that way. I have found this mutual respect has made.life easier for both of us.

So, are you tired of batting your head against a wall of opposition? If so try looking at all sides of it before taking a stand. You just may find, as I have, there are many answers and yours just may not be the right one.

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. Change yourself and your world will change with you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed