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Happy Thanksgiving

November 21, 2007

I always love the Thanksgiving holiday, because it’s probably the most Christian holiday of the year.  You might think the most Christian holidays of the year would be Christmas and Easter, but they were originally pagan ritual days that the Catholics of the distant past tried to infuse with Christian meaning.  Of course, in modern times, the pagan meanings are the obscure ones and the Christian meanings are the ones recognized by everyone.  Still, no one set out to create Christmas and Easter as holidays: they just took over some pagan holidays and “re-interpreted” them.  Kind of gives them a designed-by-committee feel.

Thanksgiving is a simple holiday, but a sincere one.  Just a day to recognize the blessings we enjoy, and give thanks to God for them.

Thanksgiving is an essential part of the Christian’s life of the heart.  We’re told, “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

We don’t always come to Thanksgiving with the feeling that things are going great and that we have so much to be thankful for.  Many times, I’ve had bad times or misfortunes to happen uncomfortably close to the Thanksgiving holiday.  But we’re not told to be thankful to God in every good thing.  We’re told to be thankful in every thing.

Sometimes, we look at our problems and worries, and giving thanks is the last thing on our minds.  But beyond whatever is on our hearts and minds at that moment, we still have good things happening to us and for us.  But it’s when things are not going so great that we really most need to be thankful.

All too often, when our health is bad, we forget to be thankful for our families.  Or when finances are squeezing us, we forget about the blessings of friends, or good health, or the promise of better times in the future.  And sometimes when nothing seems to be going well, we forget to be thankful that we still have hope for tomorrow, and that many of our worst problems are actually temporary.

May this Thanksgiving remind all believers to be thankful to God.

Two thoughts from Scripture to end on:

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. — James 1:17

 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift — 2 Cor 9:15



October 12, 2007

One of these days, I need to compare and contrast Priesthood, Protestantism, and Baptists for openness with Windows, Unix, and Linux, and of course, mystery religions, Greek philosophy, and science.  Just think, if I can work in some references to politics, race, and sexual preferences, I can offend everybody at once.

Or at least, all 3 of the people who one day read the post….

Here again

October 12, 2007

Okay, so maybe I won’t post here every day.


October 8, 2007

When I started this blog, I said I wouldn’t be stressed about necessarily updating it every day.  Of course, my last post was over six months ago, which was slightly overdoing the non-stressing part of updating the blog.

Let’s see if I can find a happy medium (in the non-spiritualist sense of the word, obviously) …  There’s a lot going on in the world, and I’m sure there are a lot of people waiting breathlessly for my opinion on all of it.

Hmmm.  Where’s the sarcasm tag in this thing?

New Year’s Resolutions

January 5, 2007

I’m always leery of starting something new around the 1st of the year, because it looks like a New Year’s resolution.  Which of course means that I can’t stop doing it without it looking like a failed New Year’s resolution.

This blog was started on Dec 25th, Christmas day, and posted on daily for, like, almost an entire week! ;-> Now here it is the 4th of January — though not for much longer — and I’m just now coming back to it.  Maybe this is more of an … Anti-New Year’s resolution?

It’s not surprising that I may post irregularly here.  After all, I have a life other than my web log.

Yeah, that’s the ticket.  All those popular blogs must belong to complete nerds with no personal life!

(I would worry about someone misinterpreting that last statement, if there was any real chance someone would read it…)

Since I’m most likely just speaking to the chickens here — who, of course, go to sleep when the sun goes down — I’ll just make a further note about the devotionals.

The devotionals really are a sort of exercise for me.  I’m not nearly devotional enough in my regular life, since I’m usually occupied in fixing computer problems at work, or on the internet at home, or wrapped up in the daily thankless tasks of modern life.  Trying to post a devotion daily, more or less, is at least partly a way of keeping my mind from being completely secularized.

Still, I’m very tempted to move them somewhere else.  They don’t seem to fit in with discussions on politics, religion, computers, and all that other divisive stuff.  And I may yet move them for exactly that reason.  But I think I’ll keep posting them here, anyway.  In fact, if not for the ease a weblog gives me in posting daily devotionals, I’m not sure I would have one at all…

Merry Christmas to All

December 26, 2006

Merry Christmas to all!

Froehliche Weihnachten!

Feliz Navidad!

Joyeaux Noel!

And Seasons Greetings/Happy Holidays to no one at all…

Hello world!

December 25, 2006

This is a new blog.  I make no guarantees that it will be maintained, updated, popular, interesting, educational, uplifting, cute, passionate, dull, ugly, etc.

In fact, it’s late now and I’m going to bed.