December – 2015

Dec 6 ~ Advent 2
Odes of Solomon 38

“I move up into the light of Truth as into a chariot and Truth takes me…Truth causes me to pass across canyons and ravines and preserves me against waves smashing against cliffs. Truth is my haven…and puts me in the arms of Everlasting Life. Truth goes with me, soothes me, keeps me from error…Truth proceeds on the upright Way.”

Luke 3.3-6
“John [son of Zechariah] went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance…as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, clear a path for him. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and…the rough ways will made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

Dec 13 ~ Advent 3
Isaiah 12.1-2, 4-6

You will say in that day: I will give thanks to GOD who had comforted me. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for GOD is my strength and my might. And you will say in that day: Give thanks to GOD, call on God; make known God’s deeds among the nations…Sing praises, for God has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth. Shout aloud and sing for joy…for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Luke 3.11-16
John the baptizer was teaching, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to him for baptism, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” John said to them, “Don’t cheat people; collect only what they truly owe.” Soldiers also asked him, “And what should we do?” John answered them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.” As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah; John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is greater than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire.”

Dec 20 ~ Advent 4
From the Prayer of Rameses II

“Blessed are those who knoweth Thee, for Thy deeds proceed from a heart full of love.”

Luke 1.39-42, 46-49, 51-52, 56
Mary set out and went with haste to visit Zechariah and Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child in her womb kicked. And Elizabeth was filled with the holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.’ And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies our God, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior who has looked with favor on a lowly servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me…God has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. God has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly…’
And Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home.

Dec 24 ~ Christmas Eve
The wisdom of Norman Vincent Peale
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

The wisdom of Agnes M. Pahro
“What is Christmas? It is…a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”

The wisdom of James Dillet Freeman
“This is what I hope Christmas will always be, the celebration of imagination, with its power to warm our heart on a snowy day and sprinkle glitter on a dark one, to give us the goodwill to wish a merry Christmas though there is not much to feel merry about, to give us the faith to believe that life is not humdrum existence, but is capable of unbelievable wonder.”

Luke 2.7-14, 16, 20
Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of God’s presence stood before them, and divine glory shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among all people!” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen…

Dec 27 (Sunday after Christmas)
The wisdom of Bob Marley

“One love, one heart, one destiny.”

The wisdom of Arthur Schopenhauer
“Compassion is the basis of morality.”

Colossians 3.12-16
“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as Christ was forgiving, so you also must be forgiving. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing to God.”


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