So thankful for this grace!!
So thankful for this grace!!
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
Blessings! And Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁
Oh boy, another post by David! 🙂 (For those of you who are only here for Jerry’s posts, she’ll be back tomorrow, I promise…)
So, today’s post has to do with spirituality, the paranormal, and other things that we lack the ability to experience with our physical senses.
I am very much of two minds when it comes to such things. On the one hand, I am fairly certain that the vast majority of “supernatural” experiences, if not all, can be explained in completely natural terms. The human brain is an incredibly complicated piece of kit, and we are only beginning to comprehend all the things it can do, and how it is affected by its environment. And given that all of our perceptions of the world and its workings (natural and otherwise) are dependent upon the processes that take place entirely in this poorly understood lump of tissue we all carry around on our shoulders, it is absolutely conceivable to me that the things that go “bump in the night” are, in the end, simply glitches in our internal software.
On the other hand, there is nothing that I would love more than concrete evidence that such experiences are real. The thought that the universe is “not only stranger than we imagine, but stranger than we can imagine” gives me great hope. The desire to push back the veil of reality and discover that it is just the barest of veneers covering what’s really going on holds an amazing appeal for me.
My friend Tayo asked me a very difficult question one day. He said, “David, what do you want?” (Actually I believe that is probably one of the most difficult questions you can ask anyone.) I thought about it for several weeks (truly!), and finally came back that what I wanted was for people to like me. Or, more to the point, I wanted people to not dislike me. (I never had a problem with people remaining neutral about me… 🙂 )
But I was never really satisfied with that answer. And so, I have continued to cogitate on the question, some decades after it was originally asked. And though my answers continue to change as both I and my circumstances do, one aspect of my internal response has become fairly fixed: I want to experience transcendence.
If you look up “transcendence” in the dictionary (or, more likely in this day of Wikipedia and blogs, on dictionary.com…) you will find the definition is “the quality or state of being above and independent of the material universe”. Sounds positively supernatural! 🙂
And I suppose that is why I have such a fascination with such potentially idiotic things as UFOs, Bigfoot, and life after death. Because if any of those things actually exist, then they do “transcend” what we understand as making up our material world. And experiencing them, or even learning about their factual existence, would definitely be a transcendent moment.
However, there is an exquisite zen-like twist to this line of thinking. If any of those things were proved to actually exist, then they would instantly become part of our material universe, and so lose their transcendent quality! Reality is an elastic concept, and once something is “proven”, reality adjusts itself quite comfortably to include the newborn “fact”.
So maybe that is why I continue to enjoy the edges of the supernatural, without wanting to seek out the heart of any mysteries. Once the mystery is solved, it’s no fun anymore. 🙂
Asking for God to give me the grace to let go of former things so that I can embrace what He has for me in the future.
NaBloPoMo 2012 – Day 14
I was completely taken back with this stamp this year.
I had to go to the US Post Office today to mail two packages to David. He needed a pair of gloves, and a treat or two. While I was there, I asked if they had their Christmas stamps yet? They did.
I purchased three sets of these Holy Family books. I love that they are using the wording Holy Family. It was a comforting sight especially after the last couple of weeks.
I have always said that it seems that those of us who worship Jesus Christ are not allowed to say anything aloud in public because we may offend someone. We (believers) aren’t supposed to say anything for those who choose not to worship Christ, and sometimes a “holiday” break just doesn’t cut it. I want to say “Christmas” break because that is what it is. If you want call it “winter” break fine, but I am a Christmas break girl.
School programs are asked to showcase Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, but Christians aren’t supposed to show Jesus. In fact, Stephen participated in a Holiday Showcase (in Kindergarten) that showed all things winter including Father Winter (I don’t know really who he is), but not Christ. I am completely for others being able to showcase their beliefs, but then allow us (Christians) to do the same. We need to learn about other cultures and religions. I try to keep an open mind, but everyone should get the same piece of the pie and then everyone is happy (I know, but).
I went off…and I am sorry if I have offended anyone. Wait, I am not sorry. I am sorry if you are offended by equal time. I don’t shove my beliefs down your throat, please don’t shove yours down mine.
So all of my cards will have this Holy Family proudly placed on each and every mailing I do this Christmas. I am feeling quite blessed by being able to do this, this year. I think I need to purchase enough for the next several years, especially since they are “forever” stamps. Isn’t that appropriate? The Holy Family Stamp is a Forever Stamp. I love it.