Sunday Thoughts 12/20 – 4th Sunday of Advent

Still snowbound.

Fortunately, however, the weather is not that cold, so I am able to sit outside for a while, as I am doing now, without any serious harm down to my extremities. I’m not sure I have any toes left.

We celebrated our morning devotional, reading from the NLT (New Living Translation) Mosaic and partaking of our first family communion. I hope that it can continue to be celebrated, perhaps with more participation from the children. As I noted previous, I feel that when Luke wrote that the Church daily broke bread (Acts 2.42), he meant that the early church, which was long before Paul’s writing to Corinthians, actually celebrated the communion service daily. We have to allow for time, maturity of the eschatological situation, the diverse group of converts, the spread of the message, and the fact that each NT writer had his own voice, style and unique words which he used when writing his portion. I’ll try to go into that tomorrow, I hope. Maybe even later today.

I mean, our cable and internet is out, so….

I hope and pray that each of you are having a good season, and staying warming.

Part of the suggested reading was Mary’s song (Luke 1:46-55),

“Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed.
For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me.
He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him.
His mighty arm has done tremendous things! He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
He has brought down princes from their thrones and exalted the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands.
He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful.
For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever.”

I know that Protestants tend to generally disregard Mary, but there are times in which everyone should acknowledge that she really was the blessed among all women. She bore about the Word of God, and become to us the New Eve. (Don’t take this too far!).

I’ve got a few standard posts this year, more of a reposts from last year. I intend to spend some time working on my great epic, a novel which will dominate the world and sit atop the bestseller lists for a century. I mean, if it gets published and the bestseller lists only considers my book the only real book.

I note again, the reason that I’ve been including the #atheist and #atheism hashtags on my Twitter posts, is to engage atheists. Unfortunately, I’ve been out of commission, internet wise, since Saturday morning. If but one….

Take it easy, y’all….

This is one of my favorite hymns this time of year.


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