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Joy

kids at Christmas PlayThe other day I was watching my grand kid’s Christmas play. As we waited for the program to start, I noticed an Asian kid, a Hispanic kid and a Caucasian kid chatting away excitedly. They were the best of friends. I realized how blessed we (who live in the free world) really are. Nobody else seemed to appreciate this triad but I certainly did. Sometimes we take our blessings for granted.

It’s been so long since we were as carefree as these three kids. Most of the time we worry about things we have no control over anyway. Did you know that Christ told us not to worry? He told us to have faith like a little child.

Matthew 6: 31-34
31 “So do not start worrying: ‘Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?’ 32 (These are the things the pagans are always concerned about.) Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. 33 Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things. 34 So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings.”

I guess it’s easy to preach a worry-free life until disaster hits you. On my way to a business meeting this morning, I saw a bunch of flowers and candles along the road near my neighborhood. When you see this strange street flower arrangement, you know that someone had just died in that spot. I don’t know why but I immediately thought of Danny, an old man who biked all around my neighborhood every day. When I got to the meeting, I was told that it was indeed Danny who was run over. Danny waved to everyone who he passed by and was a beloved fixture in the city. There was no foul play. Danny was jaywalking.

Last Friday, a husband and father of 3 young kids fell off a building. The family is still in shock. And just a few minutes ago, someone told me a friend is breathing on life support and it has been announced that the family will be pulling the plug soon.

Indeed there may be no joy this Christmas for quite a few people. I don’t want us to be all gloomy but this is just a reminder that others are going through a lot. Let’s grieve with them. Let’s pray for them. Let’s remind them that even during the first Christmas, it was the worst of times for many people and yet a child was born in a dirty manger to rescue us all.

TGIF people! Christmas is just around the corner. A blessed Christmas to you all. Happy Hanukkah.

Magic of Christmas

Joke of the Week

Thanks to Peter Paul of S Pasadena, CA for sharing this joke.

TGIF Joke of the Week: Grown Up Christmas Wish

Don’s Puns

Sent by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

Don's Puns: Frosty

Funny Video

A Christmas Moose Tale

Sent by Art of Sierra Madre, CA

So silly it’s funny. Especially the outtakes.

Parting Shots

Thanks to Don of Kelowna, B.C. who shared these:

Parting Shots: Claustrophobia

Parting Shots: Celebrate Christmas

Thanks to Dean of Vancouver, B.C. who shared this:

Parting Shots: Flash

 

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4 Comments

  1. Teri

    December 21, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Thank you for your Friday posts – I look forward to them every week – they are true & heart felt – they always brighten my day – Teri

    Teri

    Reply

  2. Art

    December 21, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Hi Raoul,

    Merry Christmas to you as well !!

    Reply

  3. Tom

    December 21, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Great reminder of not to worry and enjoy the path of life offered by following Jesus Christ. The smile offered by this exceeds all other smiles and is so important to acquire. Thanks for all you do and Merry Christmas ,the celebration of Our saviors birth. Tom

    Reply

  4. Betty

    December 21, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Salamat! Maligayang Pasko! (Thank You! Merry Christmas!)

    Reply

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