Sunday Collectives 12/4/17 – 12/10/17
ARROGANCE SURROUNDS ME.
This week, I have heard fresh stories of men abusing women. They do so because they love themselves supremely. All about them are objects for their own promotion and pleasure.
Yesterday, I witnessed elected representatives, on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the ocean, moving, shaking, positioning, and posturing themselves. They are so grand in their own eyes. Their pride makes me nauseous.
By Wendy Alsup
1 Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways!
2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.
By Chad West
She had just come out of a horrible marriage. Aside from emotionally and mentally abusing her, he’d been known to hit her too. After years of hoping he would suddenly change, she got out. She had to get a secret apartment because he was out looking for her. But, for the next six months, she would come to me, weeping, telling me that she wanted to see him. Just see him. Talk to him. Hug him. Maybe they could make it work. I sat with her for hours on end, helping her stay strong. Then, one day, out of the blue, she called me and said she was free. Everything in her that had yearned to be back in that situation seemed foolish and strange to her now.
My happiest Christmas memory is the time each year that my aunt Nancy directed my cousins and me in a reenactment of the nativity. The youngest among us–a girl–was always baby Jesus, and as Mary, my main job was not dropping her when I placed her in the manger. That and avoiding wayward staffs twirled by the ragtag band of shepherds played by my boy cousins.
When I reflect on those memories, the principal player was my aunt Nancy. The yearly play was her idea, so of course we looked to her for to take the lead and to direct us as to when to proceed solemnly into the living room for our performance.
Say What?! We do not celebrate the coming of a great product. Are you sure?
Do we not celebrate every Christmas, the coming of a great product, if not then why does it seem that way? Today we explore this topic further…