On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… Unconditional love. When things aren’t going as we’d hoped or planned, I don’t think we can moan, groan, complain, or whine enough to God about out displeasure with the current situation. You know it’s true. We can dish out blame like food at a soup kitchen; some for you, and you and you. Like kids, we pout, take our ball and go home because we aren’t friends anymore. But what about the good times, the OMG moments where you really include G? Do you have those? Immanuel means God with us. So, I take it as, whatever happens Immanuel is there, good or bad. We can call up everybody and their great grandmother when something goes wrong but when something goes write, we tend to keep it to ourselves, don’t want to appear to proud but I say treat all incidents the same. Did you know that God has a sense of humor? No? Well He does and He wants to share in your joy, not just your sorrow. Yeah, yeah, He did say cast all your burdens upon Him, but give the man a break. Don’t just call Him when you want something, that’s just being a user and nobody wants to be used. I share with Him all the time because it’s selfish not to, I mean, He’s right there. I talk to Him all the time and out loud. Yes, I may appear off my meds but who cares. I’m talking to someone who doesn’t interrupt, doesn’t make everything about them, isn’t secretly judging me and who will give me the advice I need. I have a somewhat smart mouth, yeah, I’m working on that, but I remember one day I was having a GEC (God and EJ conversation) out loud and someone asked, who are you talking to? Jesus. Who are you talking to? I replied. Nobody, the replied. Oh, that’s a shame, I replied. Immanuel, God with us. If you we’re with someone and they left ignored you or left you out of their lives until they needed something, you probably say, I’m not mad, I just don’t fool with you like that. How funny would it be if God said that? Now THAT would be funny, or not, depending on if he said it to you. I promise I won’t laugh.
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… His one and only, redeemer for sinner, unbeliever, faithless, you get the idea. Some say the bible isn’t real, well they don’t call it the greatest story ever told for nothing. Shakespeare himself couldn’t have written something this good. Adam, the flawless, sinless mirror image of God who with one bite thrusts the world and everything in it into the sinful state of existence we have today. Jesus, the flawless, sinless Son of God who with one breath saved the world from Adam’s momentary lapse in judgment. Now that, is a story.
This year I’m celebrating The 12 Days of Christmas because once you receive a gift you are supposed to enjoy it, so from now until Jan. 5 me and my menders (those who read/ follow my blog) will be treated to 12 days of wonderful story telling. Oh, did I mention that my birthday falls during the 12 days of Christmas? You know I’m pretty psyched to be born the same week as they think Jesus was born. I always knew Capricorn’s ruled the world. All hail the King and His little Princess E! Shalom
Here it is, Christmas time and we all know the story of Jesus’ birth and what an amazing story it is, but what about Mary. Mary, by today’s account, is the original baby mama. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to have the opportunity to say interact with the Holy Spirit. What if she’d said no? We’d all be in a world of hurt, but she had faith. Some of us have a hard time having faith there is a God, more less having faith that He could impregnate you. I’m in awe of Mary because she didn’t have to say yes. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art though amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our death. Amen. Most, if not all of us are full of something and it hardly resembles anything close to grace. There are some women who stand out amongst our gender but none stand out like Mary. All hail the Queen.
Good Afternoon. Today marks the beginning of the Advent Season. The Advent Season is the period of waiting as we prepare for the coming of Christ (are ya ready kids? – Mr. Crab voice) As we start to bring 2012 to a close, let us reflect on how far we’ve come this year. Wherever we are in our lives, we’ve come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord and a few good souls He’s put around us. Doesn’t matter if your faith was/is rocky, shaky, queasy, uneasy; point is you made it this far, and since you’ve made it this far, perhaps you’re willing to go a little further? (Andy Dufrain -Shawshank Redemption voice) The song Dead and Gone by T.I. and Justin Timberlake is one of my favorites. It speaks to me. Ohhh, I’ve been traveling on this road to long, just try’na find my way back home. The old me is dead and gone, dead and gone. Whoever I was when I started out, is not the person I am today. Today I a more perfect version of me. More perfect (better than I was before), not perfect. To be more perfect I have to stop doing things that aren’t good for me (eating out, eating late, not sleeping, getting upset quick, ignoring folk – you get the idea). What do you need to stop doing to become a more perfect you? Don’t hurt your head trying to get all deep, sometimes the smallest of changes have the biggest impact. Once you think of something, stop it for 21 days (you know that’s how long it takes to make it a habit) and at the end, don’t look back but know, the old you is dead and gone. As we wait patiently on the Lord, in this season, what will you give up and turn loose?
Remember, life is busy and hectic. Always find time…
To Relax. Get Comfortable. Get Mended.