Luke 1:26-38New International Version (NIV)
The Birth of Jesus Foretold
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Merry Christmas and the Best of the coming Year
Peace and Blessings
I do not know what nightmare you had gone through
I do not know how lonely you felt time to time
Never once did you share your sorrow
Yet, I do know you were proud to live in your home country
I do know you left your family to go to battle
I do know it spared us from sorrow
Keeping the nightmare of war away
We, our families are grateful for freedom,
the men, women, you, brother, sister, and our ancestry
lay before us
Unknowing what it took during those hours
We thank you for waking to a bomb-less morning
We thank you to the surrounding life of peace
Never once did you share your sorrow
“Born March 25, 1918” Doris Rhodefer would quote to me very proudly as she sits tall in her chair, and like a queen she would scan the room to see whom was listening insuring herself she had an audience.
Unknowing to her she did, all will be revealed after lunch when she return from Mt Shasta Resort.
Her birthday greeting started early when she woke up, a purple balloon tied to her walker, with a huge Happy Birthday pin to the entry door of her room. As we enter the front entry doors of Shasta View Nursing Center, held in hand was a bouquet of balloons, a bouquet of flowers, and greeting birthday cards for her to enjoy reading while waiting for lunch to be served, which her favorite is a hamburger well-done with American cheese, no onions and pickles, also french fries and coke over ice.
The day was busy at the nursing center, resident seniors were decorating eggs for the Easter egg-hunt coming up in a day and a half, volunteers and employee meetings, visitors visiting family members coming and going.
Yet, no matter how busy the resident staff was, many of them took a moment to wish Doris a Birthday greetings…which made her special day last into the evening.
Happy Birthday Doris Rhodefer!
Do not fear, for I am with you,
For myself, this little statement is lost during those sad moments
when I am in my own self pitty party. These pitty party’s can last for minutes, hours or even days depending the deep and how long it takes me to let go of the happening, event or sorrow that occurred.
The fear of not knowing or understanding are mostly the set-backs, specially when good intentions was to help others and the unexpected happens.
Prayers, meditation, stress release of deep breathing may help the body and mind for short moments, yet the emotion has to-be overcome.
Passage Isaiah 41:10, reminds me of reality. Reality of before, during, and after I leave my pitty party. Reality, that I welcome an invisible spirit into my life, that once shared breath as I, other people, animals and all living creatures that live and once had life on this planet.
Through every fear there is light and someone patiently waiting.