|Waiting for God :)
||[Aug. 18th, 2009|10:04 pm]
Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? The eagle will fly to high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it. The eagle does not escape the storm; it simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm. When the storms of life come upon us, we can rise above them by setting our minds and our belief toward God. The storms do not have to overcome us; we can allow God's power to lift us above them. God enables us to ride the winds of the storm that bring sickness, tragedy, failure, and disappointment into our lives. We can soar above the storm. Remember, it is not the burdens of life that weigh us down, it is how we handle them.”
" Blessed are all who wait for him” (Is. 30:18). As we are waiting on God and His timing, He is accomplishing so much in our hearts. He showed us where and when we were not trusting Him. Where we are being impatient and the times we were complaining. Yeah, the complaining really convicted me. That is something I watch for every single day. I think we are finding new purposes in life, we have received answers to prayer, seen God work, He has increased our faith, and we look forward in seeing God’s perfect plan fulfilled in our situation. As you are waiting for God, He strengthens you. “But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings as eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (Is. 40:31).
||[Dec. 29th, 2008|06:11 pm]
||[Dec. 23rd, 2008|02:28 am]
During the Christmas season, the feast of the Epiphany is an appropriate day for praying for a home.
As the household gathers around the manger, the leader may begin:
On this day we remember the Magi who, guided by the star shining in the heavens, came to the house where Jesus rested in the arms of Mary his mother. They were blessed as they brought their gifts to that holy place. Today we ask Christ our Lord to bless our home and make it his dwelling.
Listen to the holy Gospel according to John:
In the beginning the Word already was.
The Word was in God's presence,
and what God was, the Word was.
He was with God in the beginning,
with him no created thing came into being.
So the Word became flesh;
he made his home among us,
and we saw his glory,
such glory as befits the Father's only Son,
full of grace and truth.
John 1:1-3, 14
Intercessions by household members for various needs are made. Then all say the following prayer:
by your heavenly star,
you guided those who were wise
to your beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
May your blessing come to rest on our home and all of us.
Make our lives wise with your wisdom,
true to your teaching,
and enlivened by your love.
May your Word made flesh
make his home among us. Amen.
||[Dec. 23rd, 2008|02:11 am]
Customs from Various Countries and Culturesby Victor Hoagland, C.P.
Centuries ago Christians brought plants and flowers into the celebration of Christmas, for did not Christ come to uphold the dignity of all God's creation? The natural world, as well as humans, angels and animals, should have a part in welcoming him.
Evergreens, from ancient times symbols of life and eternity, have always had a prominent place in Christian celebrations. Holly, with its green leaves, its prickly points and red berries, suggested that the Child born in the manger would wear a crown of thorns and shed drops of blood. Mistletoe, long associated in the pre-Christian world with healing, became a symbol of the healing power of Christ.
The poinsettia, from Central America, with its bright, star-like flowers, is a natural reminder of the Star of Bethlehem. Other plants that bloom during this season are images also of the Root of David that flowered with new life.
Many nations have contributed a rich mosaic of Christmas customs. Among the Latin peoples, the Christmas novena, nine days of prayer before Christmas, is a popular tradition. The Christmas meal after midnight Mass, in which all the family participates, is traditional among the French. Among the Slavic peoples on Christmas eve, the father of the family breaks the feastday wafers of bread and gives them to the members of his household, while wishing all the peace of Christmas.
From Ireland came the custom of placing lighted candles in the window during Christmastime. It originated in penal times when the Catholic religion was suppressed in Ireland and priests were forced into hiding. Irish families put a burning candle in their window and left their doors unlatched, hoping that a priest might come to their door and celebrate the Christmas Mass with them.
On the feast of the Epiphany, January 6th, the people of South America celebrate the coming of the Three Kings with colorful processions and give gifts on that day.
The Christmas TreeThe Christmas tree probably originated from popular early medieval religious plays, "the Paradise Plays," performed in churches and town squares of Europe during the Advent season. The plays told the story of the human race from the creation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Paradise till the Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. On stage during the play was a great tree hung with apples, symbolizing the Garden of Paradise. Soon people began the custom of putting a "paradise tree" laden with gifts and lighted with candles in their homes during the Christmas season to celebrate paradise regained through the coming of Christ.
Representing many things--the original tree of paradise, the life-giving tree of Christ's cross, the tree John the Apostle saw in the Book of Revelations, "a tree of life, which yields twelve crops of fruit, one for each month of the year...for the healing of the nations"--our Christmas tree is rich in Christian symbolism.
Prayers Around the Christmas TreeThe leader may begin:
In the beginning God made the world and saw it was good. Long ago, God placed a tree in the garden of paradise as his gift to all human beings, a tree of wisdom and knowledge and laden with every good thing. Our Christmas Tree reminds us of that tree. Long ago too, God's kindness appeared in the coming of Christ, who is our hope of eternal life. This tree is a sign of Christ's blessings. A Reading from the Book of Genesis
This is the story Then all pray:
of the heavens and the earth
after their creation.
When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,
there was neither shrub nor plan growing on the earth,
because the Lord God had sent no rain;
nor was there anyone to till the ground...
The Lord God formed a human being
from the dust of the ground
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,
so that he became a living creature.
The Lord God planted a garden in Eden
away to the east,
and in it he put the man he had formed...
and in the middle of the garden he set the tree of life.
Genesis 2: 4-9
The lights of the tree are illuminated and a carol may be sung.
Prayers at a Christmas MangerThe leader may say: It was St. Francis of Assisi who first popularized the Christmas manger. Wanting to see how Christ was born with his own eyes, he had a stable and some images made before Christmas and then invited his neighbors and frieds to come and join him at his "Bethlehem."
As we look on our manger, may the Christmas story unfold before our eyes, too.
Listen to the Holy Gospel according to Luke:
In those days a decree was issued by the emperor Augustus for a census to be taken throughout the Roman world. This was the first Registration of its kind; it took place when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone made his way to his own town to be registered. Joseph went up to Judaea from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to register in the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was of the house of David by descent; and with him went Mary, his betrothed, who was expecting her child. The figures are then placed in the manger, and after a short period of quiet, the reading continues.
While they were there, the time came for her to have her baby, and she gave birth to a son, her first born. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Then all pray:
A Christmas song may conclude the blessing.
whose mighty Son was born in Bethlehem
those days long ago,
lead us to that same poor place,
where Mary laid her tiny Child.
And as we look on in wonder and praise,
make us welcome him in all new life,
see him in the poor,
and care for his handiwork
the earth, the sky and the sea.
O God, bless us again in your great love.
We pray for this through Christ our Lord.
||[Nov. 21st, 2008|12:23 pm]
Recently I was kind of stuck on an assignment..not coming up with any good,usable ideas and feeling that creeping sence of despair:"I will never come up with another good concept again in my whole life.I`m doomed!"(a little melodramatic..)
I think one of the best ways to get ideas rolling is to change your scenery."Fuhgettaboutit"as the handout says.Often times I sit there and try to force ideas out when all it takes it a little down time.some mind marinating to let the ideas work themselves out in their own.Making tea,going to the library.Taking a walk.Just change your setting and leave the story be for a while.
It also helps to talk about it with someone.I find that if I explain the story or assiqnment to someone who`s not entrenched in it.
I read a quote once that said:
WHEN YOU`RE NOT SURE AN ANSWER EXISITS,FINDING IT CAN BE HARD.
WHEN YOU KNOW THERE ARE MANY ANSWERS,FINDING ONE OR TWO IS EASY....
I find that extremely resaauring.Think about all the different perspectives and views out there held by all these unique and different people.Each one would probably have a different take on any given topic.So there are always tons of idaes out there.And all you need to do is finf 2~3 to flesh out and make good.It`s easy in that light!
Ok,now i`m stoked...time to start on the next assigment..
||[Nov. 19th, 2008|11:18 pm]
Part of what i believe being an artist is about finding the extraodinary in the ordinary.It is part of the artist`s job to put a lens on the lesser,to focus attention on ides,moments and elements otherwise overlooked.It is a broadening of knowledge,a widening of vista.It is elevting the commonplace,valuing all that surround us.
||[Nov. 12th, 2008|09:26 pm]
The cafe played a crucial part in city life.
It is not only the love story born in a café. It is also where culture is born.
The greatest art, literature, even revolution began in cafes. From the late nineteenth to early twentieth century, cafes were the home fire where people would get together and socialise.
The cafe played a crucial part in city life.
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