Thursday, December 29, 2011

Harmony in 2012 for Christian Writers

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Jean Purcell
Twitter @opinaripeople

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St. Augustine focused on the harmony needed between what we say and how we live. Anyone can write or say something profound or meaningful without in fact living it. Simply by writing well, do we do so as followers...of Christ? This is the measure of a year of work.      
An earlier follower of Christ than St. Augustine was the apostle Paul. God inspired him to write about love. Paul wrote, in essence, that the most heavenly-sounding words can only go so far as to shake the senses... if they are written or said apart from love. This message is inherent in the apostle's life. He wrote what is referred to, in the Bible, as I Corinthians 13, beginning: "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal..."

Harmony for 2012
is ours as we seek the Lord of love. 
Isn't He our heart's main desire, the One who leads us? 

 In expectation, we seek harmony 
between our words and how we live, inside and outside,
in the love of God through Christ Jesus.

 LORD, we put all trust in You. 
Help us to pray. Help us to read Your holy written Word,
which feeds us. Help us, alone or with others, to help the poor...with love.  
We need Your help so that we can write
in the harmony that is possible by varieties of means and expressions.       

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

More than presumption: certainty

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...
Image via Wikipedia-stained glass at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, Ashfield

Jean Purcell
Twitter @opinaripeople

Last night I put my photo as the wallpaper on my husband's android. This a.m., he asked me to sharpen the image.  

"Well, I really presumed a lot by putting it on your phone at all," I said.

He responded: "When it's love, it's not presumption; it's a certainty." 

That's the statement that led me to write this. The certain Truth is that God loves us. How could He prove it more than sending Jesus, His only begotten Son, to live and to die for the sin of the world. He loved the world so much that He gave...!

Does not your heart sing at this Good News?
We join our hearts to respond to such love, the divine love of the Christ of Advent and Easter, the living Christ, who reigns forever! God sharpened the world's view of Him through His Son. In the artwork posted left, above, note the Cross, now golden, telling of the completed work of Christ on the rugged Cross of shame. Note the Baby carried by angels. He came to die for us and to rise again, the present and living Lord, whom artists have tried to portray, envisioning the great, eternal Gospel's truth. 

From Jesus' Promises
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.(John 14: 18,19)

Anastasis: Resurrection

Blessed Christmas Eve!
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