Archive for December, 2012

The year 2012 has almost vanished.  Solomon wrote many, many years ago that there is a season for everything.  Are there then no enduring things? This weekend might be a good time to think on things we think might be enduring.

Let’s lake a bit of time to contemplate also on the following ten words.   

In the Bible we read God’s Word will endure forever.

Maybe there we can also find something to guide us in 2013.  In it we read that what He wants us to do is to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with Him.

It sounds like a reasonable code to live by, in my opinion, and should keep me out of trouble in the New Year

Happy New Year!

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Christmas is a season when we celebrate the birth of God’s son, the promised Messiah.  It is a season that is meant for families to get together.  It is a season of joy and hope.   It is a season that begs us to enjoy the present and to reflect both on the past and on the future.   For those who are hurting, are lonely, or are without hope this day we pray that the Christ of Christmas may touch your life.  Family pictures 130

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In its native environment an opal looks like any plain rock with no hint of brilliance or great worth.  But after it comes into the sunlight and is polished, it sparkles beautifully in shades of blue, green, red and yellow.  Of all gems it most closely resembles the beauty of a rainbow.  It is a unique gem.

The rock from which the opal comes took much time to form.  To reach its full beauty it has to be carefully shaped and polished.   Once it is finished it is a gem of unique beauty. It is worth a great deal.  Its beauty delights  those who look at it.  Jewelers say that the opal is a stone alive with beautiful fire.     Opals 002

Each person, in my view, is like an opal.  DNA tells us that each person is one of a kind, unique.  A life once lovingly shaped and polished possesses a unique beauty, and can create a great deal of good, bring much joy and happiness to those that life touches.

For this weekend, here in ten words or fewer is this encouragement for you.  This weekend take time to reflect and remember.

Each person, each life is unique, beautiful  and priceless.            

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By the end of this week each day will begin to give us a little more daylight.  I have always likened wisdom to light, a condition that lets you see more and more clearly.  So this weeks encouraging words are:

 Seek wisdom.  It is more valuable than treasure.

Sunrise over the strait


And now for the challenger:  You can make only three words from the letters a,e,d,d,l,r,s.  What are they?

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Take time to reflect

Coast Mountains_2We are, in my view, in the busiest season of the year.  It’s a time when we can become so entangled in doing a multitude of things that we forget what toll it can take on us.  So here is a reminder to slow down for a few moments each day this weekend. Take time to reflect on what some of our blessings are.  Here in ten words or less is what I want to do to keep my sanity, and I hope you will do also.

 Reflect and enjoy the beautiful things near you.

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              A Christmas Prayer

Father in heaven we give you praise

For this time of year, the Christmas days.

Help us to remember during this season

The meaning of Christmas and the reason

We celebrate this blessed time each year,

Sing carols and buy gifts for all we hold dear.

Help us in the frenzy of the shopping mall

To adore the one who was born in a stall.

In the hustle and bustle as we go our way

Help us to be still, to think and to pray.

Let us recall God’s angel old Zacharias saw

                                                       Augustus’ decree, the shepherds’ great awe

                                                      Who heard the angel from heaven’s glory     Christmas at our house 003

     Announcing the Savior’s birth and His story.

        Help us to sing with heaven’s host of his birth,

     Of God sending his son and of peace on earth.

We give You thanks for all You have done,

And take time to worship your glorious Son.

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In ten words or less

One way I had initially planned to update this blog regularly was to add a few words of encouragements  weekly.  Starting this week I will post at the beginning of the week a few words, less than ten, that I hope to be encouraging.  I will also add a challenger or riddle to help keep Mr. Alzheimer at bay. In addition, at the start of each weekend I plan to add a new statement or quote to focus our thoughts on things other than work.

For the first part of this week I hope these less than ten words below will be an encouragement to a few of you.

                           Even tiny personal improvements are victories!   




And here is the challenger.  The date this coming Wednesday can be written as 12/12/12.

First, calculate or guess when the next time will be  that the date may be written that way.

And if you were to place the multiplication mark between the numbers instead of the slashes, how much would you have to add to the product to make 133 bakers’ dozens?

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A novel worth its price

In an earlier post I wrote that I had previewed the book, “Think of a Numb3r” by John Verdon.  I thought  that I’d buy the  book, after reading the excerpt.  That I did.  I’m almost finished reading it.  Any reader who likes mysteries, suspense and loves solving puzzles will enjoy this story.  On top of it, the novel is well written.  If there is a flaw, it is the use of heavy duty swearing in places to make some  characters appear realistic.  For my money, the novel is worth its price.  I’ll cut this post short.  I have to get back to this book on my Kobo reader.  I can’t wait to  find out, if in the end retired detective Gurney can match this killer’s thinking ability, and can undo his evil plans before more innocent people fall prey to him.

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