Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Stages, essence and other insights about life

Change. There's nothing constant in this world except change. Some changes are unavoidable, while others are expected. But at the end of the day, we always hope that the end result of this changes will be the best for us.

As for me, a surprising and promising change has happened. Although I'm still at the period wherein I'm still weighing things and finding my right footing, I can say that it is indeed a worthwhile experience. That is mainly the reason why I haven't updated this site for a while since part of the change I went into recently includes changing of mailbox. =)  I'm not in the position to divulge more information so let's just leave it at that. =)

Now, back to my regular posting. During my hiatus, there are few mails that was routed successfully to my  mailbox that helps me see things in a different light. So here's some insightful thought-provoking ideas from my ever-reliable agent, AGENT M.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Letter from Jesus about Christmas

In the spirit of Christmas, I'm posting this heart-warming email that will remind us of what the season is really about. When the value of everything seems to boil down the dollar and cents, this email will remind us that our political-correctness nor our holier-than-thou attitude is being frowned upon. Instead of yapping about what is wrong on others, let start sharing to them what is right.

From: Agent MA
Sent: Monday, December 06, 2010 11:51 AM
Subject: FW: Letter from Jesus about Christmas
 It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season.
 How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own.  I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
 Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of  a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for  such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.
 Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can  remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation  to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 - 8.
 If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:
 1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from
 home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.
 2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally They just need to know that someone cares about them.
 3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that  you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up... It will be nice hearing from you again.
 4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and  why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.
 5 Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
 6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't  know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.
 7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile  and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there  on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families
 8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary-- especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My  name.
 9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have  any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity  which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.
 10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that  you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.
 Don't forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the  list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those  whom you love and remember

Monday, December 06, 2010

The Story behind Twelve Days of Christmas

I received this email a couple of years ago stating the real meaning of the Carol. I tried checking it on the internet and yielded a rather confusing result. First, my favorite rumor email site, says that this is false.  But further researching it, I found a lot of articles from religious-related site explaining it further. Anyway, if you will look into the song, the first 7 gifts are technically birds (Partridge, Turtle dove, French hen, Collie Birds not calling, Gold ring necked birds, Geese, Swan) while the remaining five are servants of a monarchy (maids, lady, lord, piper, drummers). Anyway, for posterity sake here is the email. It is up to you to decide if it has indeed a religious meaning.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2004 3:01 PM
Subject: The Story behind Twelve Days of Christmas

The Story behind Twelve Days of Christmas

Below is an explanation from 1558 until 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 partridge in a pear tree
was Jesus Christ

The Two Turtle Doves
were the Old and New Testaments

The Three French Hens
stood for faith, hope and love

The Four Calling Birds
were the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John

The Five Golden Rings
recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament

The Six Geese-a-Laying
stood of the six days of creation

The Seven Swans a-Swimming
represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy SpiritProphesy, Serving, Teaching,
Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership and Mercy

The Eight Maids a-Milking
were the eight beatitudes

The Nine Ladies Dancing
were the nine fruits of the Holy SpiritLove, 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 for the twelve points of belief in the Apostles Creed

~ Author Unknown ~