General Discussion, Thursday, December 23, 2021

Holiday Lights in front of Fourth Presbyterian Church along Michigan Avenue in Downtown Chicago.

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62 Responses to General Discussion, Thursday, December 23, 2021

  1. Menagerie says:

    Good morning everyone. I wanted to share this commentary on today’s Gospel reading. It’s about the birth of John the Baptist, and the last few lines really impress me.


    LUKE 1:57-66

    Friends, today’s Gospel tells the story of the birth and naming of John the Baptist. John’s father Zechariah had been rendered speechless after his vision in the sanctuary, but we hear that “his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God.”

    What follows this passage is the wonderful Canticle of Zechariah, which puts Jesus and John in the context of the great story of Israel.

    Once we grasp that Jesus was no ordinary teacher and healer, but Yahweh moving among his people, we can begin to understand his words and actions more clearly. If we survey the texts of the Old Testament—and the first Christians relentlessly read Jesus in light of these writings—we see that Yahweh was expected to do four great things: he would gather the scattered tribes of Israel; he would cleanse the holy temple in Jerusalem; he would definitively deal with the enemies of the nation; and finally, he would reign as Lord of the world.

    The eschatological hope expressed especially in the prophets and the Psalms was that through these actions, Yahweh would purify Israel, and through the purified Israel bring salvation to all. What startled the first followers of Jesus is that he accomplished these four tasks, but in the most unexpected way.

    Reflect: The first words Zechariah spoke after being mute for more than six months were in praise of God. How often do you praise God aloud and in the presence of other people?

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  2. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  3. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ All. It dipped down to 48* here this morning. Ok, it’s cold. If this keeps up I will have to put on long pants. Loki seemed fine with the cold since she is wearing a nice fur coat. And, the sun is out shining bright. And, it is pretty warm in the sun. Have fun finishing up your Christmas plans today.

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  4. texan59 says:

    Mornin’ all. Hopefully off work until next year. Coffee’s brewin’. Looking to see what level of stoopid happened in the swamp overnight!.

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  5. czarina33 says:

    Aaarrrggh! My phone went haywire yesterday. It stopped holding a charge, and overheated when I had it on the charger in the car. Mind you, I’m 50 miles away in Covington, LA, going to meet a friend at a restaurant I’ve never been to, using the app to find it. After lunch she found a Verizon store, where they got 17% charge on it, backed up my contacts and photos and sent me off to my local Verizon store.

    Today I’ll take Czar’s phone to have my account transferred to it. Then I’ll have to learn how to use a new phone – I HATE THAT!

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  6. Morning All! 🙂

    So here is my little story of the trip to Bethlehem of Mary & Joseph by donkey using 4 paintings daytime to nightime:
    The 1st is by Margaret Tarrant as they travel during the day

    The 2nd is by Unknown because I can’t read the signature in the lower right corner. It is sold by Advocate Art London, Seville & NY. It is as they travel and the sun is setting

    In the 3rdpainting it is night, and Bethlehem is in site. This is by Richard De Wolfe

    The last painting shows Mary & Joseph (and a most likely tired little donkey) within a short distance of Bethlehem. It is by Anton Pieck from a book illustration of 1949

    …to be continued tomorrow!
    Have a great day everyone! 😉

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  7. litenmaus says:

    Update: The home and garages have been demolished and what was hidden from my view was finally revealed. This is now the view that I have standing at my kitchen sink….

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  8. litenmaus says:

    Hey G&C….Santa’s been very good to me, because I hate taking taking photos and if I had to go outside in this weather to do it, well, it wouldn’t get done. :0) I will at some point attempt a photo of a sunrise and try to remember to post it.

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  9. stella says:

    Good news!

    Liked by 6 people

  10. WeeWeed says:

    And because it’s not Christmas without ’em!

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