"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." Saint Francis De Sales

Friday, December 21, 2012

My Slow Takes (Vol. 79)

1. I am impressed with President Obama’s eulogy to the people and survivors of last Friday’s violence. He spoke of love, prayers and God. He reminded us that we are all together in this time of sorrow and that Newton, Connecticut is not alone. His ending paragraph gives me hope that he will lead us in the right direction.

“May God bless and keep those we’ve lost in His heavenly place. May He grace those we still have with His holy comfort. and may He bless and watch over this community, and the United States of America.”
2. To the people of Newtown, Connecticut, especially the families of the victims, you are in my prayers. May God watch over you and help you through this time of sorrow. May He provide you the strength to continue with your lives. 

3. This is a beautiful quote from Jennifer that aligns our sorrow and joy during Advent.

“It feels like this has become a season of sorrow. In a way, it always was. The only joy this season ever contained was a joy rooted in eternity, in the knowledge that death has been overcome, and the hope that we will all meet again in a place where there is no suffering.”

4. Basketball is not my favorite sport. Dee loves basketball and our friends, Jeanine, David, Brenda and Lou have season tickets for the Richmond Spiders. So we joined the group as our team beat Stetson last Saturday. The game was exciting and I did have fun. We will be attending more games. Some pictures of our group. 

Me, David and Lou
Brenda, Dee and Jeanine
5. I have not seen The Hobbit, but this review has me excited. Thank you Lee!

Bilbo Baggins
6. I am a father of three sons and I love them all the same. Each one has a different career path and they do well in the occupations that they have chosen. The middle son, Todd, is an education consultant with a blog at “Voice & Scholarship.” He has now started a new blog that I am proud to share with you; “Deo Duce, Ferro Comitante.” Please visit and read his introduction.

7. From the Gospel of Luke 2:15-20

When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”
So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

A blessed Merry Christmas to all. Take the time to enjoy His birthday with your family and friends.

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