Yep, Here We Are Again

It hit 64ﹾ here today so I am having serious doubts that it is actually about to be January anytime soon. This observation aside, my bride assures me that tomorrow is New Years day. I’ve learned not to doubt her on these matters.

With my place in time firmly established, I feel compelled to put together some resolutions or something. I guess I should start with the perenial annoyance of tighter britches. I was actually about to write “exercise more” or “try some new fangled diet”, but decided otherwise. After all, it is a resolution I would like to fulfill. So with that in mind… “purchase larger pants.”

Second resolution, “read more.” This one is actually pretty cool having gotten two Barnes & Noble giftcards for Christmas. I’m thinking I can go ahead and place a check mark next to this one.

Finally, I fancy myself a banjo player. I’ve actually had a banjo for several years and I do so enjoy good banjo playing. I have purchased several instructional DVDs and books and have spent a good deal of time trying to teach myself to play the banjo. Last on my list… “seek professional help.”

Actually, I feel better already, having put together my list. I am a bit suspect as to whether I should’ve made it so public. I mean, now I must work all that much harder to fulfill. You are not about to let me slip up… are you?

Christ, Be Our Light

What a wonderful evening last night turned out to be. The collection of Christ followers that I have been blessed to hang out with this past year or so met to have a worship service. In lieu of a Christmas Eve service, we decided to get together on the longest night of the year and to meditate on the waiting aspect of advent. It was a rather somber gathering. The lights were out save a few in the halls for logistic purposes.

There were several candles lit and as the service progressed the advent candles added to the limited light, but it was still rather dark. There were some meaningful readings and several songs sung. I must say that I have never worshiped with a group who could sing like these people. Along with a couple of the songs were simple flute, cello and piano accompaniment, but most of the singing was a capella. Did I mention these people can sing.

The service ended with everyone making their way up front to pick up a candle and light it before gathering around the space where we were worshipping. Throughout this candle lighting everyone was singing “Silent Night”. Call me old fashion, but I do so enjoy a good candle lighting. However, it was earlier in the service when we sang “Christ, Be Our Light” that I was profoundly moved. We sung the song as a prayer — as a haunting prayer of longing anticipation. Even now as I recall last evening I am again moved.

Christ, Be Our Light

Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
light for the world to see.

Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.

Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has power to save us.
Make us your living voice.

Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.

Longing for food, many are hungry.
Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others,
shared until all are fed.

Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.

Longing for shelter, many are homeless.
Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us your building, sheltering others,
walls made of living stone.

Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.

Many the gifts, many the people,
many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
making your kingdom come.

Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.

© 1993, Bernadette Farrell. Published by OCP. All rights reserved.

That Look On Your Face

From that look on your face, I’m guessing you’re wondering what exactly to get me for Christmas. I understand your dilemma. I have seen that look often in years past. Usually, I wait it out and see what creativity is summoned and the results are usually rather interesting. Well, this year I will remove the anxiety from your Christmas shopping by giving you some specific gift ideas.

At the top of my list is a healthy heifer. Now I realize that this is a rather pricey gift. If a heifer is beyond your means then how about a sheep or Llama. No, no, wait… a water buffalo would make me the talk of the neighborhood! OK, so the water buffalo is again a bit pricey but I suspect that just maybe someone could swing it. If not how about some adorable bunnies? A very practical gift might be some honeybees. Yes, I love honey!

So, I hope this list helps you find that perfect gift and here are some more details to help you. I also hope you find this Christmas shopping experience the most meaningful ever.

OK, now that look tells me something completely different 😉

Christian or Christ Follower

Ocassionally I come accross conversations about identifying one’s self as a Christian. The term usually offered as an alternative is ‘Christ Follower’. The argument is at once sophomoric and seriously important. I like to think I understand the point(s) each side is getting at, and I certainly have my opinion on the matter. But, that is not the purpose of this post. My only intention is to point you to a series of YouTube videos that take this subject and present it as a parody of the PC vs. Mac TV commercials that have been airing here in the U.S.

If you’re not familiar with the commercials used as the canvas for these parodies, take a look [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxN3toKBP_8]here[/url]. You can find the others here: part 2, part 3, part 4. I find part 2 rather clever 😉

A Bear Went… Oh, Never Mind

Well, you see… um… I had wanted to… er… I mean… Oh, never mind.

I am officially of the opinion that NaNoWriMo should be moved to October. I mean, 31 days instead of 30. No holiday to speak of. OK, there is Holloween, but I don’t think I have ever spent a week out of state for Holloween. However you look at it, October is a much better choice.

While my intention was to complete a 50,000 word novel in the month of November it did not work out that way. On some level though, I am glad. I kinda like the story that was coming together and I intend to work it out further and now I can approach it in a much more intentional manner.

Stay tuned…