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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Part 2

Voices of yesteryear speak prophetic truth that’s timely for 2020

There’s a world outside your window

And it’s a world of dread and fear

Where the only water flowing

Is the bitter sting of tears

And the Christmas bells that ring there

Are the clanging chimes of doom

Well tonight thank God it’s them

Instead of you

from “do they know it’s christmas?” by band aid (1984)

Ghosts of Christmas Past: Part 1

Voices of yesteryear speak prophetic truth that’s timely for 2020

So here’s my lifelong wish

My grown-up Christmas list

Not for myself, but for a world in need

No more lives torn apart

That wars would never start

And time would heal all hearts

And everyone would have a friend

And right would always win

And love would never end

This is my grown-up Christmas list

from “grown-up christmas list” by amy grant (1992)

Thanksgiving: Holiday … Just Thursday … or Day of Mourning?

People across the US will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this coming week, whether in person with family and friends or from a distance because of covid. Many, however, won’t or can’t celebrate at all … perhaps by choice, perhaps by circumstance. It all depends on a person’s point of view.

Rocky: Listen, I don’t want no turkey anyway, ya know.
Adrian: But it was Thanksgiving.
Rocky: It was what?
Adrian: It was Thanksgiving.
Rocky: Yeah, to you, but to me, it’s Thursday, right?

FROM ROCKY (1976)

“Should We Celebrate Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims?”

BY NADRA KAREEM NITTLE

Not So Certain about Certainty: Day 5

A Week’s Worth of Quotations Worth Contemplating

If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness, and creativity. … When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.

from a new earth by eckhart tolle

Not So Certain about Certainty: Day 4

A Week’s Worth of Quotations Worth Contemplating

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

from letters to a young poet by rainer maria rilke

Not So Certain about Certainty: Day 3

A Week’s Worth of Quotations Worth Contemplating

But now we got weapons
Of the chemical dust
If fire them we’re forced to
Then fire them we must
One push of the button
And a shot the world wide
And you never ask questions
When God’s on your side

from “with god on our side” by bob dylan

Not So Certain about Certainty: Day 2

A Week’s Worth of Quotations Worth Contemplating

Aligning faith in God and certainty about what we believe and needing to be right in order to maintain a healthy faith—these do not make for a healthy faith in God. In a nutshell, that is the problem. And that is what I mean by the “sin of certainty.” It is sin because this pattern of thinking sells God short by keeping the Creator captive to what we are able to comprehend….

When knowing what you believe is the nonnegotiable center of true faith, questions and critical self-examination pose a threat.

from The Sin of Certainty by peter enns
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