A Light at the End of the Tunnel?

The local news in my city had a news story about a teacher who was treated for COVID recently. She had underlying health problems, so she was referred to a local hospital for a new antibody treatment. She recovered quickly.

Vaccines have arrived and will be given to healthcare workers soon. The governor of my state estimates that by April all of the people in my state will have had the chance to have a vaccination.

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It seems as if the light is at the end of the tunnel. Glimmers of hope regarding this pandemic are showing.

Speaking of a light. I read that Jupiter and Saturn will align on December 21st to make the first “Christmas Star” in 800 years.

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Can you imagine being one of the three magi who followed that star to Bethlehem to see the baby Jesus? That star led them to Jesus the light of the world.

Light brings hope. Think of the saying-light at the end of the tunnel. It expresses hope in dark or difficult times. Jesus brings true hope. He promised he will always be with us.

This Christmas season, even in the midst of a pandemic, look to Jesus the light of the world. Lockdowns, COVID, or any other problems cannot separate us from the light of Jesus. πŸ™‚

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Beautiful Post- His presence β€” poeticchristian

God is goodNot was or will beHe is good.Goodness is not part of his character, it is who He is.God is goodDespite our why, despite our mood.Even if you are in a bloodshedding battlefield,God is present as a shield.He is still with youSoothing you with his presence. The Lord is goodIn the day of trouble,Β […]

His presence β€” poeticchristian

For God So Loved The World/Joy to the World

During one of my visits to a Vietnamese Church to join them in celebrating Vietnamese New Year, I had a brief conversation with an American Pastor who was there. I shared with him that since I started teaching English for the refugees and immigrants from many many countries in my city, that it had given me a new appreciated for John 3:16:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life

My greatest joy in this life is sharing the love of Jesus with people from other countries. God has blessed me to share with people from many countries living in my city and also to travel to Brazil, France, Mexico and Romania to share with people there.

I was curious about my blog for the past 12 months and took a screen shot of the map in my WordPress of views from various countries. Hopefully the people from the various countries benefited from my blog. Even more so, that they read about Jesus and his love.

That is what we are really celebrating at Christmas. That God so loved the world that he gave us Jesus. That is true Joy to the World.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Have Fun With Me- Holidays Q and A- My Answers

My Saturday post was Have Fun With Me- Holidays Q and A. I asked people to ask me questions related to the holidays. Today I am sharing the questions and links to the blogs for the people who asked questions and My Answers.

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Barb of mylifeinourfathersworld.com asked-

What is the weirdest gift that you gave to someone when you were a kid? How did they react? The weirdest gift I gave as a kid? Oh my that is a long time ago. I don’t remember weird gifts but I imagine giving my dad a new tie every year was a bit redundant. πŸ™‚

What is your most treasured Christmas memory since becoming an adult?

When I went to Constanta Romania in December 1995 to share Christmas with our partner church there and preach for their Christmas Eve, Christmas Day services and also at a meeting of college students from different churches.

Adeleke of adelekeadeite.wordpress.com asked- If you could change anything about this year, what would it be and why? No COVID because it harmed many people.

elijahsmommy.wordpress.com asked- Whats your favorite Christmas memory as a child

One time I had a headache and had a nap under the Christmas tree. When I woke up, the headache was gone.

gardenfaith,com asked- What is your favorite Christmas carol?

I love O Holy Night. It is my favorite Christmas song to listen to. For singing along probably Silent Night.

Viv of godswhispersoftruth.wordpress.com asked- What is your favorite holiday family tradition?🌲 I am single so no family tradition. My favorite thing to do is to surprise visit refugee families to bring candy for the children. I also love Christmas Eve services.

Ryan of authorryanc.com asked- What is your favorite thing about Christmas? God bless!

Celebrating Jesus being born.

Ada of adascorner.wordpress.com asked-Do you have a favorite holiday dish? If so what is your favorite holiday dish? My favorite dish is one anybody else cooks for me because I am a terrible cook. I love to eat turkey and cranberry sauce.

Manjul of innumerbalethoughtsblog.wordpress.com asked- For you what is the best part about Christmas? Celebrating Jesus was born at my church’s Christmas Eve service.

Saron of saronsview.wordpress.com asked- what do you think people get wrong about holidays? Do you support the way Christmas is celebrated? It is way too commercialized. All of the emphasis on shopping, finding to perfect gift, takes away from what Christmas is about which is Jesus becoming a human being by being born as a baby to be our Savior. Also I think Christmas movies have too much focus on the ‘magic’ of Christmas as a holiday and not on Jesus.

Rene of heartokens.home.blog asked-Have you ever had figgy pudding? And if you were to pick an animated Christmas character from a movie or book that was most like you, or one that you could relate to, which would you pick? I had to Google figgy pudding so I think that answers the question lol. Not sure about the character at this time in my life but as a kid I identified with Rudolph.

Mercy of herrychiccounsels.com asked- Which would you choose – Ice skating with the option of a snowball game or a Christmas movie in your house? I have a bad knee so ice skating is out. Snowball fight would be fun with a certain little sister if it is the first time for her to see snow πŸ™‚ Otherwise movie in my home.

Catandcoffee of midlifecatlady64.wordpress.com asked- What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever received for Christmas? Who was it from and what was your reaction? It isn’t a weird one but might be for others. I was at a Christmas party for college students in Constanta Romania. They had a white elephant gift exchange. Someone wrapped a plate with 1st Corinthians 13 painted on it in Romanian. I picked it and no one took it from me. I still have it. πŸ™‚

Ruelha of ruelha.com asked- Do you have anything negative to say to God? Is there anything at all that you want to grumble/ask Him about? Not so much grumbling but I wish Jesus would come back. Also it would be nice if he had my little sister living close to me so I could eat her cooking πŸ™‚

Whatever Jesus Does for Us Is Better Than Our Best- John Chapter 2

Here in the USA a big part of the celebration after the wedding ceremony is the wedding cake. Can you imagine how distraught the bride would be if the cake was all gone after only half the guests had some?

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Wine was a big part of celebrations when Jesus was on earth including wedding feasts. One day Jesus was at a wedding feast in Cana. A problem arose. They were out of wine.

Jesus’s mother Mary was there and brought it to Jesus’s attention. His response was:

Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. β€œMy hour has not yet come.”

When he called her woman, it was not a sign of disrespect. It can be understood as dear woman. The rest of his response is telling.

By asking Mary-why do you involve me- Jesus acknowledges a change has taken place. He has moved into his public ministry now.

The rest of his response is the first we see of a theme thread through John of- my time has not yet come or the hour has not yet come. Jesus knows he is on a mission to be our Savior. John uses the theme thread many times in his writing.

Mary did not give up. She told the servants to do whatever Jesus told them to do. Jesus told them to fill the empty jars with water, Jars that were large enough to hold twenty to thirty gallons of water.

Then Jesus told them to take some out and give it to the master of the banquet. They did so and the reaction of the master of the banquet shows an important lesson for us to remember.

The reaction of the master of the banquet was:

“Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

The custom was the serve the good stuff first and the cheap stuff after people’s senses were dulled. The master of the banquet thought a mistake had been made because the wine Jesus made from water was better the the good stuff.

The lesson I see here is:

Whatever Jesus does for us is better than our best.

The result of this miracle is the second theme thread we see in John 2.

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

The disciples believed in him. Their infant faith began to grow.

We will see the two theme threads of; my time has not yet come and people believe in Jesus because of miracles as we go through John.

For now, remember:

Whatever Jesus does for you is better than your best or anyone else’s best. πŸ™‚

Music Mondays- Light of the World by We The Kingdom

Jesus is the Light of the World. He came to show us God and shine God’s light in the darkness.

During difficult times with so much uncertainty, we can look to Jesus the Light of the World.

We do not know what Christmas will bring this year, but we can know the person Christmas is all about- Jesus Christ. He sees us. He knows us. He wants us to know him.

Nothing can take his love from us, not COVID, not riots and looting, not political uncertainty, not lockdowns. Nothing can separate us from his love.

Light of the World by We The Kingdom is a beautiful song to kick off Christmas season Music Mondays with.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Beautiful Poem and Important Info About Ethiopia- God β€” poeticchristian

I don’t deserve your plenteous graceYet I keep receiving grace upon graceYour gifts and calling are irrevocable,Your unchanging truth forever credible.Take my giant problems and make them look small,My void, emptiness, My God You make whole.I have seen you give hope to the heartbroken,I have seen you fulfill what you had spokenThe promises you giveΒ […]

God β€” poeticchristian

Hope-First Sunday of Advent

When I was a child, we used to light advent candles but more out of tradition. We did not talk about the meaning they represented. After looking it up, what I found is the first Advent Sunday candle represents Hope.

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Hope. In a world that is experiencing a pandemic- Hope. In a country filled with strife and uncertainty-Hope.

The hope I am speaking of is solid and eternal because of who the anchor of hope is- Jesus. Colossians 1:27:

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, theΒ hopeΒ of glory.

Christ in us. Christ with us. Christ for us. Christ our Savior. That is eternal solid hope to look to in the midst of all of the troubles in the world.

I love the song Immanuel by Michael Card. It expresses the hope in Christ so well.

Have Fun With Me- Holidays Q and A

I feel like having a little fun to break the COVID boredom. Let’s do a holidays Q & A πŸ™‚

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Here is how it works. You ask me a questions related to the holidays, The questions can be fun ones, thoughtful ones, quirky ones. Leave your questions in the comments.

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In my post next Wednesday, I will answer you question and share a link to you blog.

Ask away. Let’s have fun πŸ™‚

Using My Teacher Tools with My Life Group

My Life Group has been meeting in Zoom since March. It has been a wonderful way to end the week on Friday evenings during this pandemic. I have been leading the group through John in the bible since May and we have reached the mid way point of John 14.

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One thing that should be noted is that I am the youngest member of my Life Group and I have a white beard. That should tell you enough. πŸ™‚

Meeting in Zoom presents with challenges that meeting in person does not. While meeting in person, it is easier to notice when a person is about to speak by reading non-verbal signs. But in Zoom that is more difficult.

As with any group, there are those with more vocal personalities and those who tend to be a bit shy.

So I taught my group how to use the reaction button in Zoom to raise their hand electronically. They did very well last night during our meeting in Zoom. Some had difficulty with finding that icon, so I told them just to raise their hand. It was interesting to me to see people in their 60s and 70s raise their hands like my students do in school.

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The saying-You can’t teach old dogs new tricks- obviously does not apply to my Life Group. πŸ™‚

They have learned how to use Zoom, Google Classroom, and now they are using the reaction icon to raise their hands. Not bad for a group of Senior Citizens πŸ™‚

Thank you for reading. God Bless.