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Patient Amusement – a Stillspeaking Deovtional

Patient Amusement

Mark 8:23

“He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, ‘Can you see anything?'”

Reflection by Donna Schaper

Wouldn’t you just love to know the tone of voice in Jesus’ words to the blind man? Was he irritated, the way parents talk to teenagers who miss the meaning of the risk they just took? Was he gentle, the way a nurse would talk to a patient in recovery from surgery? Was he clinical, the way an eye doctor would be as she adjusted the lens machine?

I think Jesus was patient, almost amused. Patient because he knew eventually something would work to help the blind man to see. He just didn’t know how much saliva it would take; he knew he had other methodologies. Amused because he was glad beyond glad that he had healing powers and that there was a way to restore sight.

My mother has had glaucoma for almost thirty years now. She is the most patient of patients with her eye drops and would not think of missing or mis-measuring one of them. She follows doctor’s orders in a patient, amused, confident way. She is childlike in her obedience to the doctor’s sight-giving drops. Because of this patient obedience, she keeps the pressure in her eyes constant and has not lost much sight.

Believe it or not, the reason Mrs. Astor gave our church in New York City the money to repair our gorgeous stained glass windows was a blinking bow tie. Yup. She came around to visit and look at the windows – and one of our more eccentric members was there that day wearing a bright red blinking bow tie. She was so amused that she opened her purse. Healing can come from eye drops, saliva, and fancy medical machinations – and from a patient, ready to be amused hope that we can be healed.

Do you want to be well? That was the question Jesus always asked as part of his healings. He knew all will be well. It is just a question of when.

Prayer

O God, when we have lost hope and patience that we can be well, come to us with a lightness of spirit that answers yes to the weary world, yes, we want to be well. Amen.

“I trace the rainbow through the rain and see the promise is not in vain.”

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A tale for Christmas Eve

I decided I would repost this..it is one of my favorite Christmas stories.

We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us – and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses to help?
– 1 John 3:16-17

The Geese And The Snowstorm

There was once a man who did not believe in either the virgin birth of Christ or the spiritual meaning behind it, and was skeptical even about God. He and his family lived in a farm community. His wife was a devout believer and diligently raised her children in the faith. He sometimes gave her a hard time about her belief and mocked her religious observances.

“It’s all nonsense — why would God lower himself and become a human like us?

It’s such a ridiculous story,” he said.

One snowy day, she and the children left for church while he stayed home. After they had departed, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blinding snowstorm. He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening.

Then he heard a loud thump, something hitting against the window… And, still another thump. He looked outside but could not see anything. So he ventured outside for a better view. In the field near his house he saw, of all the strangest things, a flock of geese. They were apparently flying to look for a warmer area down south, but they had been caught in the snowstorm.

The storm had become too blinding and violent for the geese to fly or see their way. They were stranded on his farm, with no food or shelter, unable to do more than flutter their wings and fly in aimless circles. He had compassion for them and wanted to help them. He thought to himself, the barn would be a great place for them to stay. It is warm and safe; surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm. So he opened the barn doors for them. He waited, watching them, hoping they would notice the open barn and go inside. Nevertheless, they did not notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them. He moved closer toward them to get their attention, but they just moved away from him out of fear.

He went into the house and came back with some bread, broke it up, and made a bread trail to the barn. They still did not catch on. Starting to get frustrated, he went over and tried to shoo them toward the barn. They panicked and scattered into every direction except toward the barn. Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where there was warmth, safety, and shelter. Feeling totally frustrated, he exclaimed, “Why don’t they follow me?

Can’t they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm? How can I possibly get them into the one place to save them?” He thought for a moment and realized that they just would not follow a human. He said to himself, “How can I possibly save them?

The only way would be for me to become like those geese. If only I could become like one of them. Then I could save them. They would follow me and I would lead them to safety.” At that moment, he stopped and considered what he had said. The words reverberated in his mind: If only I could become like one of them, then I could save them. Then, at last, he understood God’s heart towards mankind…and he fell on his knees in the snow.

Author Unknown

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TOP 20 THINGS OVERHEAD ON THE WISE MEN’S JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM

TOP 20 THINGS OVERHEAD ON THE WISE MEN’S JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM

20. You’ve heard the old saying about the Camel being the ship of the desert?  WELLLLL, I’m getting seasick.

19. OK, we got gold. We got the frankincense.  We got the Myrrh. Think we should get something more practical, like diapers maybe?

18. I thought this was SUPPOSED to be a WEEKEND road trip.  Boy, is my wife ever gonna be ticked when I get home.

17. All this gazing at a star while riding a camel is making me woozy.

16. Wise men. They call us wise men.  What’s so WISE about wandering around the the desert for three years?

15. I still say it wouldn’t hurt to drop by Balthazar’s place for another visit on the way back.  That was SOME buffet!

14. 16 hours a day on a camel.  Are you sure this beats walking?

13. All in all, I’d rather be a shepherd.  All they ever do is stand around and WATCH the stars. We have to FOLLOW one.

12. Time to check the map again, I think we took a wrong turn at Amal’s house.

11. Why should I always have to be in the rear?  It’s somebody else’s turn to get sand in his face.

10. I need to stop at the Bazaar in the next town and pick up one more gift.

9. C’mon, we gotta stop and ask for directions, if we don’t this trip could take years.

8. You guys have any idea how to treat saddle sores?

7. Man, I’m starting to get a rush from this frankincense!

6. You guys ever eat camel meat?  I hear it tastes like chicken.

5. You know, I used to go to school with a girl name Beth Lehem.

4. What kind of name is Balthazar anyhow?  Phoenician?

3. Hey, do you either of you know why “MYRRH” is spelled with a “Y” instead of a “U”?

2. Okay, who forgot to give their camel a bath before we left?

1. Whaddya mean we’ll be part of history?  A year from now, nobody will have a clue why we did this.

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We had cured ham for Christmas dinner. We all wondered what illness it was cured of.

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People often say with pride, “I’m not interested in politics.” They might as well say, “I’m not interested in my standard of living, my health, my job, my rights, my freedoms, my future, or any future.”
    — Martha Gellhorn, writer/journalist   (1908-1998)

Live simply. Love generously.
Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.

‘God does not share his love between all of his creatures; He gives *all* of his love to *each* of His creatures!’ (Hugh of St. Victor).

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The Rebel Jesus – a Christmas Card to you

This Hippie want to than a good friend for reminding me of this wonderful song.

I hope when all is said and done, it will be said of me that I was on the side of the Rebel Jesus. – Ninure da Hippie


In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; God has made the one as well as the other.
– Ecclesiastes 7:14

I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God’s will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at commensurate speed.
– Maya Angelou
from her book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

A Soldier’s Christmas – a poem

A poem I found/was sent in 2007.

A Soldier’s Christmas
A Different Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
“What are you doing?”, I asked without fear,
“Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here.
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve.
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts,
To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light
Then he sighed and he said “Its really all right,
I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.”
“It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me.”
“I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ‘ Pearl on a day in December,’
Then he sighed, “That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers.”
“My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘ Nam ‘,
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile”
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue… an American flag.
“I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.”
“I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother.”
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.”
“So go back inside,” he said, “harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.”
“But isn’t there something I can do, at the least,
“Give you money,” I asked, “or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you’ve done,
For being away from your wife and your son.”
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
“Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.”
“For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.”

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A translation of The Magnificat & Gentle God (a poem)

Today your friendly Hippie sharing two things I recieved in my e-mail iin 2007:

The Magnificat

This is a translation of the words of Mary’s Song from the birth narrative of the Gospel of Luke. That song, called “The Magnificat,” can be found in Luke 1:46-55 The translator is Joy Cowley, a Roman Catholic Christian from Auckland, New Zealand,

My soul sings in gratitude.
I’m dancing in the mystery of God.
The light of the Holy One is within me
           and I am blessed, so truly blessed.
This goes deeper than human thinking.
I am filled with awe
           at Love whose only condition
           is to be received.
The gift is not for the proud,
           for they have no room for it.
The strong and self-sufficient ones
           don’t have this awareness.
But those who know their emptiness
           can rejoice in Love’s fullness.
It’s the Love that we are made for,
           the reason for our being.
It fills our inmost heart space
           and brings to birth in us, the Holy One.

Gentle God
Edwina Gateley

God is breathing gently,
God never hurries,
Is never anxious or pressing,
God just waits,
Breathing gently upon us
With great tenderness
Until we look to God –
And, knowingly,
Nod.
Source: I Hear a Seed Growing

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Live simply. Love generously.
Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.

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“MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR”

Here’s something that you might find helpful as you do your last minute Christmas Holiday errands.

Sorry, I haven’t a clue on the correct way to pronounce these,

“MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR” IN 40 LANGUAGES

Apache (Western) – Gozhqq Keshmish

B>Arabic – I’D Miilad Said ous Sana Saida

Croatian – Sretan Bozic

Danish – Glædelig Jul og godt nytår

Farsi – Sal-e no mubarak

French – Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année!

German – Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr!

Greek – Kala Christougenna Ki’eftihismenos O Kenourios Chronos

Hawaiian – Mele Kalikimaka & Hauoli Makahiki Hou

Hebrew – Mo’adim Lesimkha. Shanah Tova

Hindi – Shubh Naya Baras

Iraqi – Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah

Irish – Nollaig Shona Dhuit

Iroquois – Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson homungradon nagwutut & Ojenyunyat osrasay

Italian – Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

Japanese – Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto

Korean – Sung Tan Chuk Ha

Kyrghyz – JangI jIlIngIz guttuu bolsun!

Latin – Pax hominibus bonae voluntatis

Maori – Kia orana e kia manuia rava i teia Kiritimeti e te Mataiti Ou

Mongolian – Zul saryn bolon shine ony mend devshuulye

Nepali – krist Yesu Ko Shuva Janma Utsav Ko Upalaxhma Hardik Shuva & Naya Barsa Ko harkik Shuvakamana

Norweigan/Nynorsk – Eg ynskjer hermed Dykk alle ein God Jul og Godt Nyttår

Polish – Wesolych Swiat i Szczesliwego Nowego Roku.

Portuguese – Boas Festas e um feliz Ano Novo

Romanian – Craciun fericit si un An Nou fericit!

Russian – Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom

Samoan – Ia manuia le Kilisimasi ma le tausaga fou

Somali – ciid wanaagsan iyo sanad cusub oo fiican.

Spanish – Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo

Sudanese – Wilujeng Natal Sareng Warsa Enggal

Swedish – God Jul och Gott Nytt År

Tagalog – Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon

Tahitian – Ia ora i te Noere e ia ora na i te matahiti ‘api

Thai – Suksan Wan Christmas lae Sawadee Pee Mai

Ukrainian – Veseloho Vam Rizdva i Shchastlyvoho Novoho Roku!

Vietnamese – Chuc Mung Giang Sinh – Chuc Mung Tan Nien
Zulu – Sinifesela Ukhisimusi Omuhle Nonyaka Omusha Onempumelelo

See the full list of 350+ languages:
http://snipurl.com/350languages

Live simply. Love generously.
Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.

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