FIRST EVER FEDERALLY FUNDED MUSLIM OUTREACH PROGRAM AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE, FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS k-12

“Pres. Obama explained that this program is designed to educate children about the fundamentals of the Muslim religion and Islamic belief.”  from Conservative Front Line

OK, you say, what’s wrong with that.  Think about this.  Our Children are prevented from mentioning God or Christian or the Catholic Religion in school.  TheY know nothing about the fundamentals of the Catholic religion or any Christian Religion.  Why is it ok to talk and teach about the Muslim religion in school but not the Catholic Religion? A religion founded by Jesus Christ, 400 years before the Muslim religion.  This is DISCRIMINATION in the full sense of the word.

More on this later, we need to write our congressmen/women.  Either we teach about all religions in school or none.  Along with the fact that, “Muslim children attending mosques and Islamic schools are being taught to hate America, our government, our military personnel and its non Muslim population.  (from The Clarion Project.)

We need to put a stop to this and it has to be thru Congress.  Either religion is taught in our schools or it is not, and will it be free or not?

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL

Remember all, this is still the Christmas season until Jan 5 when we say the three Kings arrived at the manager.

“Christmas is a season for song, for God’s love reaches from heaven to earth and earth to heaven in the Incarnation.  Let us spend this last day of the year in profound thanksgiving and praise for the EXTRAORDINARY GIFT of our salvation in Jesus Christ.”  from Magnificat

My heart is ready, O God; I will sing, sing your praise.  Awake, my soul; awake, lyre and harp, I will awake the dawn.

I will thank you, Lord, among the peoples, among the nations I will praise you, for your love reaches to the heavens and your truth to the skies. O God, arise above the heavens; may your glory shine on earth!     Psalm 108

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia  

ROAD TRIP-CONNIE’S MEMORIES

This was only about 40 years ago or so.  My Granddaughter is now on a road trip.  It brings back memories.  My girl friend and I went on a road trip from Omaha, Nebraska to Wisconsin to here uncle’s camp.  It was in a beautiful area.  But the road trip wasn’t just 2 friends, it was my 4 children and her 2. It was very interesting and we had a great time.  I will tell you more another day. 

HERE AND NOW- WHAT BORN AGAIN REALLY MEANS

except from one of C. S. Lewis’s books:

The New Testament talks about Christians “being born again”; it talks about them “putting on Christ”; about Christ “being formed in us”; about our coming to “have the mind of Christ.”

Put right out of your head the idea that these are only fancy ways of saying that Christians are to read what Christ said and try to carry it out–as a man may read what Plato or Marx said and try to carry it out.  They mean something much more than that.  They mean that a real Person, Christ, here and now, in that very room where you are saying your prayers, is doing things to you.  It is not a question of a good man who died two thousand years ago.  It is a living Man, still as much a man as you, and still as much God as He was when He created the world, really coming and interfering with your very self; killing the old natural self in you and replacing it with the kind of self He has.  At first, only for moments.  Then for longer periods.  Finally, if all goes well, turning you permanently into a different sort of thing; into a new little Christ, a being which, in its own small way, has the same kind of life as God; which shares in His power, joy, knowledge and eternity.

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Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.

He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David…. by the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.   Luke 1:68-69, 78-79

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Lord Jesus, in a moment just such as this you were born in a Bethlehem stable.  Help me to savor this moment, for you are here again right now.

Christmas is not over until Epiphany Sunday, Jan 5, which is supposed to be when the three kings arrived with their gifts.  In some places, that is when gifts are exchanged. So don’t take down your tree or turn the lights off until Jan 5, if you truly want to celebrate the Christmas Season. (Me)

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BORN FOR US-The Nativity of the Lord

“In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord 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 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 those whom he favors!”  Luke 2:8-14

Now; from the works of C.S. LEWIS:  “It is an old and pious saying that Christ died not only for Man but for each man, just as much as if each had been the only man there was.  Can I not believe the same of this creative act which, as spread out in time, we call destiny or history?  It is for each human soul. Each is an end. Perhaps for each beast. Perhaps even each particle of matter–the night sky suggests that the inanimate also has for God some value we cannot imagine.  His ways are not (not there, anyway) like ours.

If you ask why I believe all this, I can only reply that we are taught both by precept and example, to pray…One of the purposes for which God instituted prayer may have been to bear witness that the course which every being makes its contribution and (in prayer) a conscious contributio9n, and in which every being is both an end and a means.  The great work of art was made for the sake of all it does and is, down to the curve of every wave and the flight of every insect.”

“Come, Lord Jesus, come into my heart!”

“I personally must admit that when I learned, as a child, that Christ was born and died for us because he love us, I did not really take it personally until one day a minister pointed to each one of us and said: ‘Jesus came down from heaven, was born and died for YOU, because he loved YOU so much.’  How then could I ever doubt His love for ME. Just think about that today.”

A SOLDIERS CHRISTMAS CAROL OF “1944”

By Earle A. Howard, Sr. HQ’s Co. 1st BN, 23 Infantry, 2nd Division.

Twas the week before Christmas, and quite still on the front,

In a holding position, held almost a month.

The men were all resting, in trenches, their beds,

With visions of families, at home, in their heads.

The night was quite calm, except for some shells

That would burst here and there to remind us quite well.

The war was yet with us, the fighting not done,

For the Germans were stubborn and would not be outdone.

So they gathered their armies, and this would divulge

What was known to our men as the “Battle of the Bulge.”

It was still on this night, the 16th December

But one all the Allies would always remember.

For out on the snow there arose such a clatter

We awoke from our foxholes to see what was the matter.

When what to our fearful eyes did appear,

An army of Germans with tanks for their spears.

The onslaught was fierce and hard to contain

And many of our boys died fighting in vain

The Allied Commanders soon saw the huge hole

The Nazis were making and soon we were told

To fall back and regroup, stand fast as it could.

The week was so tense and the weather so foggy

The Air Force was unable to fly any Sorties

We finally go high ground on Elsenborn Ridge.

As the Germans tried desperately to break through

The ridge our men fought endlessly for five days and five nights

And we held our ground in spite of their might.

The next day was Christmas and lo and behold.

The battle of the Bulge was nine days old

With the Nazis defeated in their desperate plight,

Our men thanked God for our strength and our might.

For us who survived, we will never forget

Our buddies who fought in the onslaught they met.

though the enemy fought hard, they soon found their fate

For the Elsenborn Ridge line never did break.

As the battle calmed down, and the holiday neared

The men who fought boldly would kneel down in tears

And thank God with the hope they would see the New Year.

Another battle was won as we held fast our ground; the ‘second

Division’ was set to rebound

To pursue to the end of this Great War

And go home to their families in peace as before.

Though the winter was cold and the snow very deep

We tried once again to get a little sleep,

Our thoughts were of home on this Holy Night

Just hoping to say next year with fondly delight

‘Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.’

 

 

Again IS YOUR SOUL READY FOR THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST?

I am listening to Christian Christmas music and making Touchette pie, which is a French pork pie, like Shepard’s Pie. But I want to quote from the prayer book for Advent that I picked up at church.  “THE WORLD AWAITS” has daily reflections for Advent from the works of C.S. LEWIS.  There is a bible quote at the top, then a quote by Lewis, and a prayer. This is one for Dec. 21.

LET YOURSELF BE FOUND  : Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield.  Our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.  Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.  Psalm 33:20-22.

Lewis:  “If God-such a God as any adult religion believes in–exists, mere movement in space will never bring you any nearer to Him or any farther from Him than you are at this very moment………………”  How then, it may be asked, can we wither reach or avoid him?”

“The avoiding, in many times and places, has proved so difficult that a very large part of the human race failed to achiewve it.  But in our own time and place it is extremely easy.  AVOID SILENCE, AVOID SOLITUDE, AVOID ANY TRAIN OF THOUGHT THAT LEADS OFF THE BEATEN TRACK.  Concentrate on money, sex, status, health and (above all) your own grievances.  Keep the radio on.  Live in a crowd.  Use plenty of sedation.  If you must read books, select them very carefully.  But you’d be safer to stick to the papers.  You’ll find advertisements helpful, especially those with a sexy or a snobbish appeal.”

About the reaching, I am a far less reliable guide.  This is because I never had the experience of looking for God.  It was the other way round:  He was the hunter (or so it seemed to me) and I was the deer.”

Prayer:  Lord God, stir in me a deeper desire for prayer so that I may make time for you in the business of each day.

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Now back to the business of cooking and preparing Christmas Eve dinner for the ones I love.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!