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I am a joyful guy. I am not silly. I’m not a practical joker. I am also not a perky person. But I have joy. Why? Well it has to do with the message that was given one weekend at our church where our Pastor outlined & defined the difference between happiness & joy. Read the rest of this entry »
Peace is like Hope. You know when you’ve got it & when you don’t. But how do you get it? Can I make myself have peace? Can I – through my will – command or control myself into Peace? I’m going to say no. Why? Because Peace isn’t “a movement” or “a state of mind” or something you can decide to have. Peace is bigger – way bigger. Let me eloborate. Read the rest of this entry »
I am sentimental. I tend to keep things from events. I also find that listening to music will often remind me if the first time I heard it – or take me back to the events in my life when that song played a part. Food can almost immediately bring me to sentimental places “remember the last time we had the Salmon…” Sometimes my sentiments are sad, or a reminder of times that weren’t great. Sometimes I remember fondly – almost yearning for an aspect of those times again.
Christmas inevitably is a sentimental time for me. The food. The music. The friends. The family. One thing that I always remember fondly was/is Advent. I loved when we would get one of those Advent Calendars that has a little chocolate behind little card-board windows in a pretty winter scene. I thought Advent was a event itself. A chocolate appreciation holiday that came before Christmas. Truth is – I really didn’t get Advent at all as a kid or young adult.
In this short series of posts I hope to share some clear yet thoughtful things about Advent that up until recently I didn’t know at all.
So Hope is a super important idea. Without it you’re hopeless. With it you’re hopeful. But what is it?