Happy Advent 2011!

Isaiah 63 11-18 * :

11 “Then his people recalled the days of old,
   the days of Moses and his people—
where is he who brought them through the sea,
   with the shepherd of his flock?
Where is he who set
   his Holy Spirit among them,
12 who sent his glorious arm of power
   to be at Moses’ right hand,
who divided the waters before them,
   to gain for himself everlasting renown,
13 who led them through the depths?
Like a horse in open country,
   they did not stumble;
14 like cattle that go down to the plain,
   they were given rest by the Spirit of the LORD.
This is how you guided your people
   to make for yourself a glorious name.

 15 Look down from heaven and see,
   from your lofty throne, holy and glorious.
Where are your zeal and your might?
   Your tenderness and compassion are withheld from us.
16 But you are our Father,
   though Abraham does not know us
   or Israel acknowledge us;
you, LORD, are our Father,
   our Redeemer from of old is your name.
17 Why, LORD, do you make us wander from your ways
   and harden our hearts so we do not revere you?
Return for the sake of your servants,
   the tribes that are your inheritance.
18 For a little while your people possessed your holy place,
   but now our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary.
*(from Biblegateway.com)

And here are some Advent readings from EWTN!

http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/inspiration.htm

 

 

T’was the Month Before Christmas…..

Twas the month before Christmas
 
When all through our land,
 
Not a Christian was praying
 
Nor taking a stand.
 
See the PC Police had taken away
 
The reason for Christmas – no one could say.
 
The children were told by their schools not to sing
 
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
 
It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would
say
 
December 25th is just a ‘ Holiday ‘.
 
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and
 credit
 
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
 
CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod
 
Something was changing, something quite odd!
 
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
 
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
 
As Targets were hanging their trees upside down
 
At Lowe’s the word Christmas – was no where to be
found.
 
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny’s and Sears
 
You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your
ears.
 
Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty
 
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
 
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf
Blitzen
 
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !
 
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
 
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
 
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
 
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace
 
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and
discarded
 
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.
 
So as you celebrate ‘Winter Break’ under your ‘Dream
 Tree’
 
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
 
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
 
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS ,
 
not Happy Holiday !
 
Please, all Christians join together and
 
wish everyone you meet
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
 
Christ is The Reason’ for the Christ-mas Season!!!!

(This is a very clever and unfortunately true early Christmas card that is being passed on through emails this year.  Many thanks to the brilliant and insightful author, and may our Christmas celebrations of the future begin again to belong to Christ!)