Monday, November 30, 2009

We Will Not Forget November 5, 2009

I received a PowerPoint slide show attached to an email recently that brings it home better than any news coverage I've seen of what heroes all our military are.

It was uploaded to YouTube by its author with this information:
This was a PowerPoint show to share with my friends but not all can open PowerPoint files so I created this. I wanted to do what little I could to pay tribute to the 13 fallen heroes of Ft. Hood and the officers that stopped the massacre.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Gift of Christmas Peace

Tami Briggs, Therapeutic Harpist and founder of Musical Reflections, created this movie to bring peace to the holiday season — with beautiful music, wonderful photos, and a lovely message of peace and hope. To learn more, see Musical Reflections.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Revisited ~ O CHRISTmas Tree

Hope you enjoy this one like I did.

Friday, November 27, 2009

O CHRISTmas Tree

Today is the day plans are for putting up our Christmas tree rather than getting out in the crowds of shoppers the day after Thanksgiving, and I'm still counting my blessings that I don't have to be in any store shopping for Christmas gifts. I had much rather be decorating a tree to get into the spirit of what Christmas is truly about, the birth of the Christ Child.

The video below with all the beautiful Christmas scenes should help you get in the spirit of Christmas.

I love this Charlie Brown Christmas video that gets right to the heart of Christmas:

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Talking On The Phone

Count Your Blessings

I wanted to share one of my birthday cards with you. As far as I can remember, this is my first birthday card that was also a Thanksgiving card. Many's the time my birthday has fallen on Thanksgiving Day, and I thought this was an interesting development. If you're unable to read the card as it appears to the left, just click on it and a larger version will appear.

I really like the kinds of cards Creative Communications for the Parish sells and highly recommend them to you.
At most churches I have attended, the congregation sings the Doxology, a song of praise, after collection of the offering —
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavening host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Marlow UMC, where I have been attending church, uses a song I was unfamiliar with for its Doxology. Not only is it a song of praise, but it's also a song of thanksgiving. Below is a long version of the song as performed by Unhindered.
Give thanks with a grateful heart, Give thanks to the Holy One;
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ His Son.
And now, let the weak say I am strong; Let the poor say I am rich,
Because of what the Lord has done for us.
Give thanks, give thanks.



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Libera

This blog has posts that run all the way from the subline to the ridiculous. This one falls in the subline category. To me, they sound like I would imagine singing angels sound.

I have John Wiseman to thank for sharing this beautiful video of Libera.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Betcha ...

... I'll be as tall as you one of these days

Thursday, November 05, 2009

unFISHING

Yes, this made me laugh, Mary, and thanks for sending it.

I've been reading, reading, reading – and not blogging – but I couldn't resist sharing this one.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Down To The River To Pray

Marlow, Alabama's historic Fish River ferryI have a unique experience to share, but I also wanted to give you some personal background before I do.

When I was 6 years old, I was scared to death by a “hell fire and brimstone” sermon by a Baptist preacher. Mother had taken me to church because Daddy was working lots of overtime in those World War II days at a big plant near Fort Worth, Texas, where Convair (now General Dynamics) was building big bomber airplanes. This time of my life is still very vivid to me as if it were yesterday.

Truly, I did not want to go to hell when I died, and I knew for sure I was a sinner. Even though Mother was more the churchgoer in those days, she relied on Daddy to tell me the story of Adam and Eve and how sin came into the world. Like I said, I knew I was a sinner condemned to hell.

I was not so sure I should make the decision to trust the sacrificial death of Jesus and his resurrection to save me from my sins, so I made a decision to try to be good for a year and then think about it again. Looking back on it now, I think it was a period when I became certain I could not be totally good on my own and had no choice but to accept Jesus to save me from my sins.

At the age of 7, I did just that, and I've felt saved from my sins ever since.

I tell you this story to make it clear that my family were Baptists, and I followed up that decision with being baptized by immersion (taken under the water in the church baptistry) and raised out of the water with the words of the pastor — raised to walk in newness of life. This was an act of obedience on my part, but I have no thoughts at all that this is what saved me. When I accepted Jesus, that second was when I knew I was saved.

I rocked along until 1959 after Wendell and I had been married before I became a Presbyterian. I knew I wanted to be something other than a Baptist, but I knew it would upset Mother, in particular, if I made the change so I didn't “rock the boat”.

Wendell had been brought up in the Methodist church, but neither of us felt very strongly about which denomination to choose for our church. Eventually, we chose to join a local Presbyterian church. From there on we joined Presbyterian churches until we moved to Meridian in 1978. There I joined the big Methodist church located downtown. When we moved to Jackson in 1981, I joined Wells UMC, and am technically still a member, despite moving from Jackson in 2007.

Marlow UMC

I've studied very little United Methodist doctrine and was surprised to learn that Marlow UMC, which I've been recently attending, has a history of baptizing people in the Fish River. Last Sunday I witnessed four people from one family baptized in the river.

Marlow UMC has an historic connection to the Fish River and has recently begun playing Down To The River To Pray as their opening music at Sunday morning services. You may recognize it from a 2000 film, but I think it's a very old song.