Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day fast approaches.

Some will enjoy the day, while others will find it challenging because their loved one is gone.

Whether through death or by separation, Valentine’s Day hits hard, as many realize they are alone. They no longer have that special person in their lives.

Perhaps, like me, you know someone who, very likely, will live through Valentine’s Day with dread and despair.

Let them know that you care. It does not have to be a large elaborate card or gift; sometimes just a hug, a message or your time will suffice. Knowing that another person cares can make all the difference in the world. Loneliness does not have to feel as if you are completely alone.

Show them that you care and reach out to them on Thursday.

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Memories!

I recently received an eye-opening email message from a friend.

I am well aware that society has changed radically, and of course it has to, we cannot remain in a rut, hiding from new developments or technology – but look for yourself and see how much change has occurred, and how many things (good things) are now just a memory.

How old is Grandma? (Read this to the end– quite an eye opener.)

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother
About current events.

The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought
About the shootings at schools, the computer age, and
Just things in general.

The Grandmother replied, “Well, let me think a minute,

I was born before:

‘ television
‘ penicillin
‘ polio shots
‘ frozen foods
‘ Xerox
‘ contact lenses
‘ Frisbees and
‘ the pill

There were no:

‘ credit cards
‘ laser beams or
‘ ball-point pens

Man had not yet invented:

‘ pantyhose
‘ air conditioners
‘ dishwashers
‘ clothes dryers
‘ and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
‘ man hadn’t yet walked on the moon

Your Grandfather and I got married first, and then lived together.
Every family had a father and a mother.

Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, “Sir.”

And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man
With a title, “Sir.”

We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.

Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.

We were taught to know the difference between right and
Wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.

Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was
A bigger privilege.

We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with
Your cousins.

Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the
Evening breeze started.

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the
Evenings and weekends — not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CD’s, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.

We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President’s speeches on our radios.

If you saw anything with ‘Made in Japan ‘ on it, it was junk.

The term ‘making out’ referred to how you did on your school exam.

Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and instant coffee were unheard of.
We had 5 &10-cent (5 and dime) stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.

Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.

And if you didn’t want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, but who could
Afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day:

‘ “grass” was mowed,
‘ “coke” was a cold drink,
‘ “pot” was something your mother cooked in and
‘ “rock music” was your grandmother’s lullaby.
‘ “Aids” were helpers in the Principal’s office,
‘ “chip” meant a piece of wood,
‘ “hardware” was found in a hardware store and.
‘ “software” wasn’t even a word.

We were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.
We volunteered to protect our precious country.
No wonder people call us “old and confused” and say there is a generation gap.

Read on to see — pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.

Are you ready?????

This woman would be only 59 years old.

She would have been born in late 1952.

GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT.

Respect, discipline, tough-love, values and compassion have become lost in our give-me, give-me, I want it now, society – – and we wonder why our younger folk struggle with hope.

Thank you, to whomever sat down long enough to compile the list above.

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God bless you today and always and keep you safe.

Hurrah, for the Sun

 

Thankfully, today is a beautifully sunny day, after a time of dismal and grey daysImage.

A mundane morning, can be instantly lifted into a great one if the sun decides to come out from behind the clouds.

We have flocks of finches feeding in the back garden, as well as bulbs pushing up their shoots to greet the world above……a little early, but very welcome, nevertheless, as is the sunshine.

I hope you all have a good day and I hope all your prayers are answered soon.

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Christmas Past

Cold Comfort

Cold Comfort

It happens so quickly, doesn’t it?  We plan for weeks, sometimes months, for Christmas; we shop; bake and wrap.  We anticipate and enjoy and ‘boom’ in what seems like an instant, it is over.

Our Christmas was truly wonderful.  We were able to spend time with each of our children and their families, plus chat with loved ones living far away.  Now New Years Eve has arrived, and this particular day of the year is always sad for me – I don’t know why.  Perhaps, it is the closing of one year and the unknowns of a new year…….perhaps it is a buried memory of long ago.  Whatever the reason, right now I hope that you have each enjoyed a safe and happy Christmas celebration of Jesus’ birthday, and that the coming year will be one of many blessings and unexpected joys for you.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Persecution is not new.  Many have been dealt horrendous injury, even death for their faith.  Here is an explanation of the way Christians, in the middle ages, still continued to spread the message of Christmas.

From 1558 to 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly.  Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.  It has two levels of meaning:  the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church.  Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality, which the children could remember.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

–         The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

–         Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

–         Three French hens stood for Faith, Hope and Love.

–         The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

–         The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

–         The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

–         Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit:  Prophesy Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership and Mercy.

–         The eight maids a-milking were the eight Beatitudes.

–         Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit:  Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.

–         The ten Lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.

–         The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful Disciples.

–         The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

Wishing for everyone, a SAFE AND HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

 

 

Almost There!

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It is almost Christmas.  Pantries are being stocked with goodies.  Gifts are being wrapped with love.  People around us are more friendly – or so it seems.  Perhaps, it is that we are in a better frame of mind as we participate in sharing with loved ones.  Whatever the reason, I love Christmas and I look forward to spending time with children and grandchildren, watching their anticipation as gifts are handed out.  Giving is abundantly good and I derive immense joy as I distribute the gifts that I so carefully shopped for.

I made Christmas cakes this year, as well as chutney and salsa, pickled garlic and hot – hot pickles (for my children with cast iron mouths).  I dislike hot, spicy, peppery foods as much as I dislike snowy, cold wintry weather.

I am enjoying spending time with friends and family and am blessed with many of each.  I pray you will have the blessing of good folk around you and that Christmas will be a time of much happiness as you celebrate Jesus’ birth.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS everyone!

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Christmas Joy

Happy Birthday, JESUS!

Happy Birthday, JESUS!

Where’s the love?  It is in our hearts, where it has always been.  It can, however, grow dim with lack of use or with neglect.

Checking the Christmas lights at the front of our house and on our Christmas tree, I likened the cables carrying the electricity to the bulbs to the love Jesus gives.

Just a short time ago, there were no lights adorning the trees in the garden or the one in our home, until we attached cables to strings of lights and plugged into a hydro source, then, voila , it brought the power needed to illuminate them.  They brought brightness into the darkness of evening.

Our lives can be dark with concerns at times, and we long for relief from the constant struggles.  This is when we need to trust in Jesus; because He is our true source of light.  He can take the load off our shoulders and brighten our hearts, minds and spirits.

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  (NKJV)

How do we do that?  We reach out to God and trust Him.  We invite His Son, Jesus, into our hearts.  Having done this we at once become attached to a power greater than any earthly source. His strength and comfort will surge through us bringing a peace beyond compare – lighting our spirits and bringing us relief from what ails us.

Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  (NKJV)

There’s an old adage that says, ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’  – – or something to that effect.  If you’ve ever shared a burden with another person, you have a small sense of how it helps to ease your pain.  Jesus provides peace and an easing of the pain of our troubles.  He is a friend and confidante that will listen and help.  Try it yourself and see.

Say this prayer:  “Dear Lord, I want to know you personally.  I know I am not perfect and have made poor choices in my life and I am sorry.  I am willing, with Your help, to turn away from my wrongs and turn to You.  I believe Jesus, that You died and rose again for me.  Please come into my life.  I receive You as my Saviour and Lord, as best as I know how, right now”.

Then we find a good Church that teaches from the Old and New Testaments.  We attend Sunday service and listen to the words spoken to us.  We join small groups or bible studies; we read books on spiritual growth and development, and best of all we get to decide to change.  Easier said than done, but well worth the effort.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS, Everyone.  May Peace abound wherever you are.

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