looking back on 2008 it was a great year for me… God blessed me in so many ways… His hand was evident in His action and in His allowance… I have truly experienced Peace from Grace this year… may we all experience Peace from Grace in 2009, may each of us seek to tell His story when we can, may ears be willing to hear, may hearts be ready to resppond… may each of us seek to be His means of Grace and mercy to a world that is broken and in need of His touch…
Happy New Year!
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On the way to the movies the other night we drove through a neighborhood that has lots of Christmas lights, here is a sampling of what we saw…
Ok, how ’bout a poll? which do you like best? submit a comment…
It was very interesting that The Economist would write an article about the great translator of the English New Testament, William Tyndale. If you have never heard the story of the man who was most responsible for giving English speakers the New Testament in thier own language. Well, actually, I have a copy of Tyndale’s translation and that several hundred year old English is not an easy read, nonetheless, click here to read.
that presents are less important than the people around you and
to call those who are distant and will be glad to hear from you and
that your presence with people is more important than stuff and
that the greatest gift you can receive is love and
to pause and look at the baby in your nativity scene and
that He was the greatest gift that you can receive and
that the peace you have is a picture of the great peace He wants to give you and
that the Peace He brings through Grace is free indeed and
that I wish you a very merry Christmas.
A year ago today, Sweet Anna and I got on a plane to join the girls for Christmas in Paris. To remember that great trip, I chose this pic to post as my blog Christmas card to you. Remember that Grace began at Christmas, Peace comes from Grace, Merry Christmas!
On TV the other night there was a commentator who was giving economic advise to everyone. Buy, buy, buy. He said that if those who have money would start buying for Christmas that would jump start the economy faster than the government can through projects that will take forever… Obama’s 850b plan will probably take a year to get rolling… but that we can get the economy rolling by spending, so he said “buy, buy, buy.” I just heard on BBC that a 1% in the GDP of the developed world will cause 20 million people in the undeveloped world to fall into poverty. So there is something to this. W gave $300 to each of us earners last spring to jump start the economy, we didn’t spend it then, it paid off credit, went into savings, we weren’t spending then, we aren’t spending now… “foot traffic” is down 18% in stores compared to last year… there is a great woe falling over the people here and that keeps them from spending… thus the economy continues to slow… the affect of this will be more layoffs… so, is the guy on TV right? Should we buy, buy buy? Well I see the arguments, I have done my share to keep the Christmas economy afloat and am heading out today to do some more… Fear is always among us… it is the natural state of affairs… we are broken… He knows that and he has sent us peace, the Prince of Peace… it is He that I celebrate this season… especially tomorrow… at mid morning, I will listen carefully to the 9 lessons and carols from Cambridge, England… the story of the promise of a saviour, the coming of that saviour and His work to bring peace and freedom from fear… the TV guy’s mantra was buy, buy, buy… maybe. but for sure, right now, we need to contemplate the gift given to us by God at Christmas – – – Himself.