Wednesday, December 31, 2014

NEW YEAR'S EVE

BY STEVE DUNN

Just a couple of hours until the New Year arrives.  Dianne and I are at the age where a quiet evening at home is preferable to parting til the ball drops.  We both slept a little later to start the day.  Then we binged on popcorn at a nearby Regal to see "The Hobbit--The Battle of Five Armies" (4 1/2 stars out of five).  Had an early dinner at Applebees (meaning three in the afternoon).  We shared the restaurant with yet perky wait staff, families with very young children (who will probably be in bed by seven) and couples of an older persuasion trying to get off the road before the crazies come out.

This evening more popcorn, some dangerous sweets, and in about two hours, a cold bottle of sparkling cider.  Our TV fare has been a Big Bang Theory Marathon on TBS.  Since we have lost touch with the music pop culture, all the variation's of Rockin' New Year's Eve have no appeal.  We will switch to Ryan Secrest at 11:45 and watch the ball drop.  Break open the cider, the annual New Year's Eve Kiss.  Both of us will probably be asleep by 12:25.

Sound boring.--No, satisfying.

New Year's Eve means an end to 2014--filled with memories, challenges, mistakes, and triumphs.  It means that tomorrow we will awaken on a fresh new opportunity (although  it will not look much different from this morning, still embedded in 2014.)

Satisfying is preferable to sensational, the latter often like a comet speeding across the night sky, but forgotten with the sunrise of the next day. Satisfying is a sign of contentment.

The Bible has a thought on that with which I wrap up this post.  "But godliness with contentment is great gain." - I Timothy 6:6

Good counsel with which to greet 2015.


Monday, December 29, 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

THE CHRISTMAS WITNESS

A favorite of many a child, brought from Celtic Woman

Friday, December 26, 2014

GOD WITH US

Todd Agnew reminds us of the meaning and the purpose of the Incarnation.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

THE FIRST CHRISTMAS EVENING

That first Christmas night, the hope of the ages had entered the world. The beginning of new creation, the redemption of humankind, the declaration of God's unconditional love and amazing grace. - Steve

CHRISTMAS DAY - BEHOLD HE COMES

The First Arrival, the Nativity, the Fist Coming should always remind Christians of the Second.


O HOLY NIGHT--THE RESPONSE TO THE ARRIVAL