Old is worn out, less functional, irrelevant and gone. When someone gives their life to God all is made new. Everything changes. Nothing is the same. We are mutants, humankind inhabited by the Divine, never again to be as we were before: separated from God. People call all of mankind God's children. Not so! All... Continue Reading →
Why can't I find more writings on being a Christian and minimalism? By minimalism I mean minimalist living. Enough is enough already! I just returned from an outlet mall that was crawling with mad people from whom I was constantly fighting to maintain my own personal space. All these pilgrimages to the malls to pay... Continue Reading →
The kings, the magi, the wise men find Jesus and their response is to fall down and worship him. The had just visited King Herod but there's no mention that they bowed down to worship Herod. Herod was a man in a powerful position. He feels threatened by this word that Jesus is born. So... Continue Reading →
No matter how bad things get there's always hope, but the enemy is quite skilled in convincing us otherwise. It's so easy to become depressed especially around the holidays. The holiday seasons somehow remind us of what we lack: a mother, a significant other, financial prosperity, children, etc... this list is never ending and can... Continue Reading →
I can’t help but notice how the beautiful deep symbolic, spiritual meanings behind our traditional Christmas decorations seem hidden. One of my favorites is the wreath; the most beautiful wreaths are those made from fresh greenery that someone gathered and put together. The smell is mesmerizing and its beauty is natural and whimsical.
Wreaths of holly are especially beautiful. Holly leaves are prickly and remind us of the crown of thorns Jesus wore while hanging on the cross suffering. Holly produces deep red berries that represent the drops of blood Jesus shed while hanging on the cross. This can be a reminder to us that even suffering can be beautiful. The suffering Jesus endured to offer us such a beautiful gift of forgiveness is unparalleled. Our suffering can be made beautiful as well when we give it to God and endure like the evergreen in the dead of winter.
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There are countless artistic expressions of Jesus and what he might have looked like. As a white person I grew up looking at pictures of a white Jesus. I never even thought a thing about this until I became an adult. I guess we all think Jesus is like us when really we should be... Continue Reading →