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12.10.13 … Advent brings out different sentiments in different people … “A few nights from now, when you stand to sing Silent Night, know that you have done more than just light a candle in a world that is too dark for too many” …

Advent Photo-a-day:

Varsity-Lake

Advent Photo #10: HOLY … I generally think of God and, rarely, people as HOLY, and even more rarely, places. But holy connotes a certain cleanliness and nothing evokes that to me more than a snow. This came today from the CU parent liaison. It makes CU look holy … a word rarely used to describe a large state university, any state university. But this is the home of my middle child and today as he walks into a week of finals, I will see him walking on holy ground … the whole earth is full of his glory.

Isaiah 6:1-5 (NIV)

Isaiah’s Commission

6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;

the whole earth is full of his glory.”

4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

and I thought about this hymn …

 Holy Holy Holy, Christian hymn, Reginald Heber (1783-1826):

 Holy, Holy, Holy is a Christian hymn written by Reginald Heber (1783-1826).[1][2][3] Its lyrics speak specifically on the Trinity,[2][3] having been written for use on Trinity Sunday.[3] John Bacchus Dykes composed the tune Nicaea for this hymn in 1861.[3] It references the Sanctus, which is often called the \”Holy holy holy\” in English. The name is a tribute to the First Council of Nicaea which formalized the doctrine of the trinity in 325.[2][3] The text paraphrases Isaiah 6:1-5.

The hymn is sung in the 1953 film Titanic.[4]

Lyrics:

Holy, Holy Holy! Lord God Almighty!

Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;

Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty!

God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, Holy, Holy! all the saints adore Thee,

Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;

Cherubim and Seraphim falling down before Thee,

Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, Holy, Holy! though the darkness hide Thee,

Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see:

Only Thou art holy, there is none beside Thee,

Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!

All Thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea;

Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty!

God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

via Holy, Holy, Holy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Ken Garfield, Advent editorial:  Made me think …

But all of us can always give more – to feed our neighbors and show the cynics that the church world as a whole is more than fancy sanctuaries and harsh judgments. All this self-righteous talk about sin that turns off so many people to organized religion: Isn’t the biggest sin people going hungry anywhere, much less in a wealthy city like ours, with a sanctuary seemingly on every corner?

Here’s another fact that should bring you to your knees, praying for a response: The Observer’s Mark Price on Friday reported that Loaves & Fishes has suffered a 23 percent drop in local food drives this autumn.

A message to all the churches out there: It’s Advent. Leave room around your manger scene for people to drop off canned goods. Ask your visitors on Christmas Eve (the ones you might not see again until Easter) to bring a few groceries from one of the fancy supermarkets sprouting all over town. A few nights from now, when you stand to sing Silent Night, know that you have done more than just light a candle in a world that is too dark for too many.

Ken Garfield is director of communications at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte.

via This Advent, do more to fight darkness than light a candle | CharlotteObserver.com.

WestJet Christmas Surprise: WestJet Christmas Surprise Will Make You Believe in Santa [VIDEO] … This is a really sweet video. Seriously clever marketing, too!

via ▶ WestJet Christmas Miracle: real-time giving – YouTube.

The more than 150 WestJet employees played the part of Santas elves, gathering personalized presents, wrapping them and delivering them to the Calgary airport before the unsuspecting recipients landed. Upon arrival, the travelers received nothing short of a holiday miracle at baggage claim.The entire event was captured via hidden cameras and turned into an ad mimicking the poem commonly known as The Night Before Christmas.This wasnt WestJets first foray into spreading airport Christmas cheer. Last year, the airline created a Christmas-themed flash mob, complete with dancing elves, in the middle of an airport. The video received almost a half million views, leading the airline to donate flights to a family in need through their community investment program.This year, WestJet will donate flights if the video receives at least 200,000 YouTube views.

via WestJet Christmas Surprise Will Make You Believe in Santa [VIDEO].

good manners, holiday spirit:  From someone on  FB named Jeff Klein … Thank you, You, too!

internet memes, Bah humbug!: As a UGA football fan, this is how I feel about football … Bah Humbug!

Jeff on a shelf,  Elf on the Shelf (A Christmas Tradition):  This made me laugh … very loud!

Jeff on a shelf. For $50 bucks I’ll come to your house and let you pose me in scenes of festive mischievousness. For $500 I’ll leave. — with Elf on the Shelf (A Christmas Tradition).

Barbara Brown Taylor, Bread of Angels, quotes:

“Every day we count on things we cannot see to hold us when we fall. We entrust the weight of our lives to things we cannot prove. By the power of our beliefs, we choose what kind of world we will live in–a porous world, full of glory doors leaking light, or a flat world where everything is exactly what it seems.”

~Barbara Brown Taylor, from Bread of Angels


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