Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering Gods grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:9-10

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Approaching Season

Society bombards us with images of all the hottest gifts for the season from the moment Halloween ends to the minute Christmas Day arrives.  We are flooded with ads and commercials on TV, websites, even our social networking sites.  Companies are doing more and more to learn about our interests, what will catch our eye, and compel us to buy, buy, buy.  They use tactics that categorize us, filters and tracking cookies on the internet, databases that sort and slot us where they think we fit.  All in the name of product promotion and profit.  Individualizing marketing tools are aimed directly at each one of us who has a presence on the internet whether we realize it or not.  We are tracked and categorized.  And the result?  Christmas has turned into a circus.  We no longer have a Season - we have a season.  God has been surgically removed from the commercial vision of what Christmas is.  Christmas itself has been turned into "Xmas" or the "Holiday Season."  More to the point, we've been anesthetized.   Numbed to what this Season should really be about.  Blinded by glitter, confetti and twinkle lights that are bombarding our senses every day.  

Now there is nothing inherently wrong with decorating the house with lights, hanging wreaths or raising a tree - it's that we've forgotten that the Day should be a celebration of Christ's birth.  A Day that should have so much importance for the meaning behind it than the pretty picture it presents in Martha Stewart magazine.  We've even been taught to be careful not to wish someone a Merry Christmas for fear we may offend that person's belief system. 

I may receive some criticism for this post but I feel compelled to remind all of us that the reason we have Christmas is to celebrate the birth of our Savior, the Redeemer, the Messiah who defeated death as prophesied, so we might all be saved from eternal darkness and live in Him.  We are meant to see this Season with Hope, Love, Faith, Mercy and Grace.  We are to live as Christ lived, with Love in our hearts for God and for everyone we meet along the way.  No matter our backgrounds, our religious beliefs, our locale, our spot on the income scale - we are all neighbors.  What good is this life we are living if we are living it without these gifts from God?  I don't know about you but that alone is enough - the rest is gravy.

So go ahead and decorate to your hearts content!  Throw parties and buy gifts for all your loved ones this year.  But don't forget that Jesus IS the Reason for the Season.  Give thanks to the King for all the blessings you've received this year.  Praise Him above all else and remember those less fortunate than you.  Don't be sucked into all the ads and commercials that make this time of year impersonal and false.  Remember my charge to you to find an organization or place where you can volunteer or get involved in making a difference.  You never know who you are going to bless with your time, treasure and talents.  Are you willing?

As for me?  Well, it seems God has given me the gift of knitting and a love of baking.  So I'm going to do the best I can to put those talents to good work in His name.

Kick off the Season right everyone!  Put Love in your heart and have compassion for those you see bustling around you.  Offer them a smile, you never know whose day you'll make!

Stay safe and Happy Knitting! 

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Books on Tap for 2011

  • Knit Together - Debbie Macomber
  • Captured by Grace - Dr. David Jeremiah
  • Murder Most Foul - A Collection of Great Crime Stories
  • Fireproof - Eric Wilson
  • There's Something About Christmas - Debbie Macomber
  • Questioning Evangelism - Randy Newman
  • Murder Uncorked - Michele Scott
  • A Sacred Sorrow - Michael Card
  • Prayer: Does it Make any Difference? - Philip Yancey
  • Get Out of That Pit - Beth Moore

Books Read in 2011

  • What a Sista Should Do - Tiffany L. Warren
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven - Don Piper
  • Forgotten God - Francis Chan
  • The Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren
  • Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris
  • Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Chill Factor - Sandra Brown
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Wednesday Sisters - Meg Waite Clayton
  • Stealing Home - Sherryl Woods
  • Bound for Murder - Laura Childs
  • Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Faefever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Under Her Skin - Susan Mallery
  • The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan
  • No Wonder They Call Him Saviour - Max Lucado
  • I Still Dream About You - Fannie Flagg
  • I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
  • The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
  • Spider Bones - Kathy Reichs
  • A Thread So Thin - Marie Bostwick
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
  • The Search - Nora Roberts
  • The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
  • Wicked Appetite - Janet Evanovich
  • The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
  • Awakened - PC & Kristen Cast
  • The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
  • Photo Finished - Larua Childs
  • Keepsake Crimes - Laura Childs
  • Sizzling Sixteen - Janet Evanovich
  • The Icing on the Cupcake - Jennifer Ross
  • Fleece Navidad - Maggie Sefton
  • Dyer Consequences - Maggie Sefton
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree - Susan Wittig Albert
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning

Books Read in 2010

  • The Yada Yado Prayer Group - Netta Jackson
  • Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs
  • The Hole in Our Gospel - Richard Stearns
  • A Winter Marriage - Kerry Hardie
  • So Long, Insecurity - Beth Moore
  • Knit the Season - Kate Jacobs
  • Dead and Berried - Karen MacInerney
  • Murder on the Rocks - Karen MacInerney
  • where do i go - Netta Jackson
  • be sweet - diane hunt
  • The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
  • Raven - Allison Van Deipen
  • Push (Precious) - sapphire
  • Faces of the Gone - Brad Parks
  • The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry
  • Burning Lamp - Amanda Quick
  • Fired Up - Jayne Ann Krentz
  • The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister
  • Matters Arising - Sarah Harrison
  • The Sheen on the Silk - Anne Perry
  • I Saw the Lord - Anne Graham Lotz
  • The Dangerous Protector - Janet Chapman
  • The Seduction of His Wife - Janet Chapman
  • Re-reading all the Tintin graphic novels - Herge
  • The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen
  • the last time i saw you - Elizabeth Berg
  • Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Wild Ride - Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer
  • Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Grave Secret - Charlaine Harris
  • Crawl Space - Sarah Graves
  • The Honey Thief - Elizabeth Graver
  • The Otherworldlies - Jennifer Anne Kogler
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman
  • A Face at the Window - Sarah Graves
  • Draycott Eternal - Christina Skye
  • Shelter Mountain - Robin Carr
  • Virgin River - Robyn Carr
  • Death by Cashmere - Sally Goldenbaum
  • An Ice Cold Grave - Charlaine Harris
  • Grave Surprise - Charlaine Harris
  • Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris