The Week Before Christmas
By Dr. Rus D. Jeffrey – 2011
Sometimes these little poems just come to me…
T’was the week before Christmas when all through the mall,
Every one rushed around creating a big squall.
Pushing and shoving was all one could see,
As everyone seemed to be on a shopping spree.
What happened to good cheer and being nice,
Seems to be replaced with the throwing of mace.
The screaming and yelling the cursing and swearing,
Just all seems to be very over-bearing.
As for me and my house we have determined,
The week before Christmas will be left for serving.
As the big day approaches don’t belly-ache,
Instead take time to bake Jesus a birthday cake.
Guarding Our Minds – Taking Every Thought Captive
Your Mind Could Be A Crime Scene!
Some readers of this blog might also know my wife and I are movie reviewers. One of my other blogs, Frame by Frame: A Family-Friendly Guide to the Movies is very active with weekly movie reviews and other movie news along the way too.
The above graphic is from the poster of the new Christopher Nolan directed Inception movie.
That should tell you that we are movie critics of mainstream, also known as marketplace, movies. But then again, I also firmly believe that in order to truly effect the world, we must take part in what’s known as the marketplace. We are not called to be, as Thomas Merton once wrote, an island unto ourself.
For more on Merton’s thoughts about this see his book
No Man Is An Island.
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New Year’s Darkness
In the daily devotional A Year With Thomas Merton, the reading for today is entitled New Year’s Darkness. Merton writes about the darkness of January and the fact that it had not only been snowing in Kentucky, but the snow mixed with rain made it seem even more dark. But, he finishes the entry by commenting on the peace he also senses in the darkness. He concludes that he would be “foolish to leave such peace with no reason.”
Can we find peace in the midst of darkness?
That’s a question I’ve been asking myself over the past few months. In the midst of darkness when it seems God is no longer speaking or giving direction, can we actually find peace? I have to say the answer is “yes”. But only if we know our peace comes from God at all times. The mystics called it the dark night of the soul. When God is in the refining process of the saint. How we respond to such a dark night determines how long the dark night will last. Or at least that’s what I used to think. Do we respond with despair? Do we respond with anguish? Do we respond with peace? I’ve come to the conclusion that the dark night of the soul might also be a safe place. After all, since we know God will never leave us nor forsake us, we can also find great peace and comfort that even in the darkness, He is faithfully watching over us.
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