Advent Calendar – Day 16


Today is December 12,2011 –And one of the readings for today come from Luke. “And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.”” (Lu. 1:30). One of the great lines from Scripture. Basically it talks about an ordinary person asked to do an extraordinary thing. A very common folk that changed the world. And boy! the world did change didn’t it. No matter where you fall faith-wise or no faith-wise, one has to admit that from this quiet moment in Mary’s young life, the world would never be the same again. How often are we, you and me, asked to do something that turns out to be extraordinary? We probably aren’t even aware. I don’t think Mary was aware, she just gave her “yes” and that was that. Being a parent can be classified as an “ordinary” vocation, but as you and I both know, being a parent can form and change how people view the world around them. Therefore, I think this ordinary thing known as parenthood is something extraordinary. Not everyone can do it.

Not everyone views the world as I view it and that is probably a good thing. I see wonderful possibilities and wonder why they aren’t achieved yet. I am disappointed when I read and hear the nay-sayers who have no solutions for what ails us. They insist on tearing down and calling those who are trying to do something for the common good, vile names. I know they are scared, and when people get scared they sometimes get angry and when they get angry they sometimes lose the ability to think clearly beyond themselves. Yes, I do actually feel sorry for the Beck’s of this world and the Coulter’s who must be so blinded by the darkness they gather around themselves, that they are completely unable to see any light of truth. They can’t really believe their rhetoric, can they? Pray for us. Pray for them. Pray for each and every high borne or low borne of us because in the ordinariness of life, we will do something extraordinary. That’s a given.

and so it goes…

A little song, a little dance, a little coffee down your pants... 40 years in the high school classroom and now on my own. A chance to think about stuff and how it affects everyone, not just me. Now residing in Oregon volunteering for a refugee organization.

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