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Beginning of a festival of lights

Next Sunday is a double celebration. The Jewish people begin the Festival of Lights — Hanukkah, the Dedication of the Temple, and many Christians will light the first Advent candle in preparation for Christmas.

The Winter-season started to give signs it is on its way. We did not get the Autumn storms, but temperatures went already under zero. We also got already very gruesome days were we did not see much of the sun. and when we got some flashes of sun-rays in the afternoon it became already dark around 5pm.

As we enter the last couple of months remaining in 2018, our thoughts turn to giving thanks for everything the year has brought.

Sometimes, many forget how lucky we are to live in a wealthy country where there is no war and where there are not so many real problems. After Thanksgiving lots of people went mad and invaded shops like they had been without food and goods for months. Their greed brought them even to fight with each other to be first and about getting certain goods. We could see many video’s of people shrieking, being grabbed, poked, whistled at, yelled at and stuff fought over.

In many American families Thursday turkey was on the dish and in other countries on Sunday nice food could fill the stomachs after prayers were said. Though looking around and at social media more eyes where fixed on Black Friday and Cyber-Monday trying to get some stuff cheaper. Already a few days before Black Friday through Cyber Monday our inbox was flooded with discount announcements even from Christian organisations. They did not seem to dare to go against that American consumerism that got infecting West Europe as well.

A few years ago Thanksgiving was a day of free and meditation time and when it was on a Tuesday or Thursday a bridge was made giving the employees some extra free time to celebrate with the family. Today capitalism and consumerism lets employers to call their employees to work for Black Friday. It is as there may not be a moment of silence and meditation considering what blessings we do have, living in our industrialised world.

The world wants also to give a picture and the feeling that man can not have enough and that those who are happy with not much are fools. Those who don’t feel the need to constantly be buying the latest and greatest stuff seem to become an exception. Those who spend more time being careful about what they purchase and those who prefer to save their money for fewer things that they can enjoy much more, seem to become “strange birds”.

Society is pressing to consume and the majority of people are loving others to see that they can be better off without god and limited ways of living. They do forget that perhaps that minimalist way of life can be a much better and a much happier life. The moral of today seems to have gone far away form from real ethical moral ways and for sur far away form the Law of God.

Coming to the close of the year 2018 at out Christadelphian ecclesia site we present an overview of some important matters.

Starting with “The Way of the LORD” we want you to give some keys to open the way to a better living, much more filled than with the worldly goods. It goes from the “Eagerness to learn and to teach others” to ” The Call of Christ” looking at the Book of books and why Jesus had to die at the stake. giving some time to explain why we have to live a certain way and why we have to look for a certain future and and a certain king. You also shall find reasons why we do have to  be a believer in Christ and should look forwards to his return.

The coming days let us also look at the many religions and their festivals. Look at their power and authority. Nothing of God does tell we may not enjoy life. Nothing of God does tell us that we may not come together with family to enjoy the blessings we can find around us. The only thing God requires from us is that we abstain from the heathen rites and feasts and live according to His Will.

The darker and colder days may have us looking for more warmth. You may do that. Do so with pleasure and with gratitude for what you receive from God.

Let the coming festivals of light bring light and warmth to your soul which you shall want to share with others.

Let us this coming Sunday dedicate ourselves to God, like Jesus did in ancient times. When you eat potato latkes on Sunday remember that such a holiday treat traditionally fried in oil is to remind the person who eats them of the miracle that God performed with the oil and the dedication of the Temple. Let us these coming days think of the black period in Jesus his life. Let us see how he had also his weak moments, asking his heavenly Father for help, even at one time asking why God would have abandoned him. We in our weakness are materialistic, spoiled,and often forget what a wonderful Gift God has given us . It is that only begotten son of God which is the most precious gift we ever could get. And for that we should be most thankful.

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Related

  1. A Day of Thanksgiving (2018)
  2. Thankful for a wonderful Thanksgiving
  3. One small voice – 26: Be Genuinely Thankful
  4. Family Thanksgiving + Black Friday 2018
  5. Knock Knock – Morning Meditation
  6. Holiday retail observations
  7. Black Friday?
  8. The Real Black Friday
  9. Is Black Friday compatible with minimalism? (Minimalism, post 13.)
  10. How Minimalism is Improving My Life
  11. Red and Greed: Condemning Capitalism at Christmas?
  12. ‘Grinch bots’ are ruining holiday shopping. Lawmakers hit back
  13. Brands That Were Anti-Black Friday in 2018
  14. Black Friday down, Cyber Monday up. But the shopping never ends.
  15. Ebay says that Cyber Monday and Black Friday set sales records for the site (EBAY)
  16. Cyber Monday: New Record, Tough Comparison
  17. Brands That Were Anti-Black Friday in 2018
  18. Earlier Sales and Late Christmas Dent Thanksgiving Weekend Turnout
  19. It should again see light
  20. Hannuka 2016
  21. Hanukkah, a Time to Remember
  22. Hannuka history and customs
  23. Preparing: are you?
  24. Happy Hanukka!

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The Gift of Giving

Autumn brings us many beautiful colours in nature. The world seems to bring us golden leaves. Getting colder and getting more wind and rain we like to spend more time in a warm living room. Getting darker we look for literal cosy lights and spiritual light.

We come closer to a time of year that people everywhere in the Western World, get very excited about giving. It is often said that part of the fun is in the giving, in watching the expression on the face of a loved one as they open the present, or in the delight of a child as they play with a new toy.

The Bible agrees that giving is an important part of our human existence. It is within the capacity of all of us to make someone else happy by giving – either a present, or a hug, or even some time and attention. There are plenty of Bible stories that talk about being generous and selfless in the way that we give. Think of the widow woman, for example, who gave her two mites into the temple treasury, which was all she had to live on (see Mark 12v41-44). This example to us means even more when we think that she was not necessarily an old widow; she could have had children to support. And yet the giving was the important thing, not the amount, and not what she got in return, just the giving itself.

Too often we focus on the value of material things, and what we accumulate in our houses. The focus is on the object, not on the action. Jesus Christ lived his whole life as a gift to others – constantly serving, providing, healing and comforting – as well as pointing out the way to please God was to do likewise. Ultimately this is the way the Gospel of John describes his final act of self-sacrifice: as a gift not from Jesus, but from God.

“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3v16)

Should we be giving more this year than presents and cards? What could we do with our time, our love, and our thoughts and prayers?
Do we value those as much as the goods we purchase in shopping centres? And how do you value the ultimate gift that is offered to you?

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.” (Romans 6v23)

Part taken from the article “The Gift of Giving” by the Burton Christadelphians

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The Proper Place of Excess

Looking for a shepherd for the sheep and goats

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Additional reading

  1. A season of gifts
  2. Hanukkahgiving or Thanksgivvukah
  3. Sancta Claus is not God
  4. Christmas customs – Are They Christian?

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Related

  1. Make #GivingTuesday More Than Just a Giving Day
  2. How to foster an environment of thankfulness!
  3. Lean in…and Give
  4. Advent of the Coming King . . .
  5. 10 Best gifts for Mom this Christmas

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Autumn, gorgeous in yellow and red,

After an exceptional great Summer Autumn has come to bring us a variation of colours and many winds to push us, giving the feeling we live and have to do something, advancing in life and preparing for the colder days of Winter.

Purplerays

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“Autumn, gorgeous in yellow and red,
Is the harvest time, when man is led
To garner the fruits of sweat and toil
From dear Mother Earth,
the deep rich soil.”…

~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

Artist~Morgan Weistling
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God’s Finger Painting ~

To be able to look for God and to find them we do have to be willing to love Him.

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Deborah Ann Belka looks at the moments she loves when God starts to finger paint glorious colors with no holds or restraint and the glory of God did lighten it.

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

God's FInger Painting ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

I love when God,
starts to finger paint
Autumn’s glorious colors
with no holds or restraint.

The colors splash about,
vibrant shades of red
mingled with shiny slivers
of brilliant golden thread.

The streets begin to smear,
with crispy yellow leaves
until they do their wind dance
onto moonless roads they cleave.

As the rain begins to fall,
the colors seems to run
smeared across the horizon
now hidden by the cloudy sun.

I love when God,
fingers begin their painting
they remind me of the glory
for me, He has waiting!

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Revelation 21:23

“And the city had no need of the sun,
neither of the moon, to shine in it:
for the glory of God did lighten it,
and the Lamb is the light thereof.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

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By all these lovely tokens September days are here.

Helen Hunt Jackson portrait

Helen Hunt Jackson portrait (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the American poet and writer Helen Maria Hunt Jackson, born Helen Fiske (October 15, 1830 – August 12, 1885), best known for her novel Ramona, a musing on this time of year. She expressed her grief for the loss of her son, Warren (“Rennie”) in poems that she sent to the New York Evening Post over the signatures “Marah” and later “H.H.”

Purplerays

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“By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.”

~ Helen Hunt Jackson

~ Image “Autumn Ballet” by Jacky Parker
Text & image source: The Garden Of Pensiveness https://web.facebook.com/The-Garden-Of-Pensiveness-367268523352486/

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Beautiful, Brilliant, Scary

After a very warm beginning of Autumn, having temperatures going up to 17° Celsius, we got literal and other storms from last weekend onwards. Today the temperatures fell back to normal and we got the literal white snow whilst the red cold blanket was further enrolled bringing the country to a terror alert 4, giving us the impression the country could as well soon declare us at war. That scares many people who in the region Brussels were also been asked to stay indoors and to have all shopping centres closed.

Though we should look outside and go into nature where the shouting colours can bring us back at peace. For sure a big change will take place this year and after 70 years no war in Belgium it could well be that Autumn might have come over that idea of peace and tranquillity.

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To remember

  • glorious red, yellow + orange of the seasons’ leaves = message of death +> Winter is coming
  • season that looks forward to barrenness and bleakness
  • autumn reminding in inescapable colors change is taking place =>lead to new growth + life = All paths falling into place.

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Preceding:

Autumn is in the land

Storms on the way

Nature’s Watercolor Painting

Bits and Bobbs, of a beautiful Autumn

A Virginia Autumn

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Stephanie Ascough

Isn’t it funny how we (I) wax on and on about autumn? Behind the glorious red, yellow and orange of the seasons’ leaves is a message of death. Winter is coming. When I stop and think about it, I remember of all the ways I run from change in my own life. And yet, I love and always will love the changing seasons. Even-especially- the one that looks forward to barrenness and bleakness.

It’s like autumn is reminding me in inescapable colors that change is taking place, right under my nose. It may be through a place that feels like death at times. But I can trust that it will lead to new growth and life. All these paths are falling into place.

And in the meantime, for the first time, I get to relish this season. For what it is, and for what comes after.

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Nature’s Watercolor Painting

Virginia Views

Photo by Dor Photo by Dor

Sometimes there are surprises hidden in my camera.

This pastel painting magically appeared.

It is this afternoon’s Virginia View from my deck

at the end of a gentle rain.

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Storms on the way

English: Pendle Hill and the Ribble Valley. Fr...

Pendle Hill and the Ribble Valley. From Bashall Barn across Clitheroe to Pendle Hill. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Bits and Bobbs, of a beautiful Autumn

km Salvatore from Western New York lives on the Erie Canal where there’s always something going on, in any number of the towns scattered along the water way. He also lives between 2 Great Lakes where also there’s always something to shoot.

The park and the wall on his photo’s reminds us of the park in Tervuren near Brussels.

In his surroundings he knew to capture the vivid life Autumn also can bring.

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Preceding: Autumn is in the land

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DSC_8257 can ya just hear the leaves crinkling

DSC_8264 it was such an awesome day, i cant remember the last time i stayed in the park so long…good thing there were plenty of benches

DSC_8267 in front of the conservatory

DSC_8269 magnificent colors all over

DSC_8270 made me think spring was here

DSC_8273 chestnuts galore

DSC_8276 im sneaking into the sunken garden

DSC_8280 usually wedding take place here, and they have posted, no one is allowed to taks pictures with out …paying a fee..yeah right!!!!

DSC_8281 ok…..im going in

DSC_8283 i know a short cut..

DSC_8284 here we go im almost inside

DSC_8285 good,no one is shooting anything special

DSC_8287 theres the main entrance… where one would pay…

DSC_8295 can you imagine your wedding here… it must be beautiful, almost fairy taleish

DSC_8297 i loved walking through here

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take a walk with me take a walk with me

DSC_8303 gotta kick those leaves

DSC_8300 well that was my little tour, that i DID NOT pay for!!!

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Autumn is in the land

Last weekend there was a huge storm in a glass of water. Whilst in Paris several people found an end to their life by terrorist actions in Europe others found an end to their life by the season which reminds many of death.

Storm came over Europe and let us feel again why this season is called Autumn. Still today it is warmer than usual but we have the rain and wind to accompany us and even break our umbrellas. But it does not break our souls, for the warm glue of the changing colours overpowers us.

Autumn fields, Leefdaal, Flemish Brabant, Belgium, European Union

Autumn fields, Leefdaal, Flemish Brabant, Belgium, European Union

Considered the last month of autumn it looks like only now the season got from the ground swept up by the first heavy winds.
Some may never been a fan of this November or Autumn month. For lots of people November is the month of the dead, and used allusively with reference to the short, damp, cold, or foggy days regarded as characteristic of the northern hemisphere. For those fearing the cold winds of Canada and the warm breezes of the South fighting with each other, around the Great Lakes, may find themselves left in such misery. For those who are having migraines regularly they very well know when it is going to storm or when snow is going to come. That is not a very pleasant feeling and if one has to work it is a very (damn) nuisance.

We have entered a season which may be even more unique than Spring Season. We also may see more different shades of colours than in Spring.

It should not make us sad but should get us up onto our feet, going out to show the winds that we are stronger than they. Though I do agree I am not an hero to go out in the bad weather, and was it not for the dog, I perhaps waited sometimes a bit longer before having a stroll.

I am not a good photographer, so for looking at nice photos I would recommend to go and look at Cindy Knoke and Chae H. Bae their site and some other photographic WordPress sites. But this is the time I use my eyes to linger and to bring a fantasy world to life. No wonder so many writers found enough inspiration in this season and for crime or who-dun-it authors this season is a gold mine.

Aurora borealis by permus by Chae H. Bae

After the Summer holiday most people are back at work and the retired folks who took their Summer vacation at a sunny place somewhere further from home, it is time now to sit at home cosy warm and enjoying some music, film or documentary or entertaining program on television. Hopefully they also will take some time to enjoy the biggest life show on earth. The ever changing colours the big kaleidoscope of nature world.

Behind the glorious red, yellow and orange of the seasons’ leaves many may find a message of death, but often they forget it is all a message of an abundant life where water was taken from deep under the ground and the warmth of the sun was enjoyed and had caressing the tree-trunk, making it grow and glow.

Trees are telling us after all that sun and pleasure it is time to meditate on what went on and on where to go. They are calling to come to a stand still in our rushing world which does not seem to have much space for the wonders of nature. This time the red and yellow are the screaming colours which ask for attention whilst the wind shouts it out load. We can’t ignore the call of our surrounding nature.

At certain places where there are still enough trees in Europe, the elk makes sure that we can hear it is time to find a renewal of intimacy. It is time to come closer to each other again. Be it by the fireplace or by some extra light in the darkness of this season.

Winter is coming. More and more older people are running away from it and going to spend their Wintertime in the South of Europe. But the coldest season of the year does not frighten many youngsters who love to go skying or snowboarding. For many the “old man wrapped in cloak” may bring an invitation to go outdoors again after all the storms and heavy rain of the Autumn months. After that season that looks forward to barrenness and bleakness, the white eiderdown will attract many to go out again to brave the cold.

At moments this season may also be a moment to be in tears for seeing how certain North Americans boast so much they killed a huge bull elk.

A new video with a recent elk hunt in Utah shows how hard work this work may be and how it pays off for some.

From the video maker:

“After years and years of trying, plenty of opportunities and hundreds of miles hiked, I was finally able to fill my over the counter, general season, archery elk tag. This has proven to be one of the most challenging hunts I have ever been on. He is my biggest bull to date by a country mile and I couldn’t be happier with him. Not a lot of action in this video, it has mostly my reaction to the incredible situation I found myself in. All Kuiu, all the time.” {Video: Bowhunting for Bull Elk in Utah}

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Dan Agnew killed a bull in Columbia Co., Wash., after making an impressive 250-yard shot

I agree to be able to have enough winter-meals prepared, for man living in this world, we need hunters and we have to agree some may be hunted. And meat from animals living in the wild always taste better than from farm-animals. As long as those people who want elk antlers to hang on a wall, hunt respectfully for those forest kings it is acceptable and will keep some balance in the forest as well.

We are so closed in, that those animals able to run in the wild, may remind us what man has sacrificed for more comfort and material gadgets they do not always need. So many people have become a slave of their materialism they even do not notice it any more. Now the gusty winds are calling them to remind them that there is life there outside they are missing.

The swaying trees whistle and tell the stories of the past Summer but also of the things to come, calling animals to shelter for the coming Winter.

 

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Preceding articles:

Looking at Autumn

Abscission

Autumn Verses

A Virginia Autumn

The Elk are Bugling~

An Autumn Ramble

You’re Lighter Than Air~

Family happiness and little things we do

Your position about materialistic desires having conquered the world

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Further reading

  1. A Lovely Day Trip
  2. Moose
  3. the elk
  4. RMEF Tops $1 Billion in Total Value of All-Time Conservation Efforts
  5. More on the Bob Marshall Wilderness Trip
  6. A Dozen Elk at Crystal Mountain, WA
  7. Different Types of Camping – What is your Preferred Style?
  8. [Build an Ecosystem] Rain Gardens
  9. Elk Cranberry and Cheddar Meatballs
  10. Video: Bowhunting for Bull Elk in Utah
  11. Video: Bowhunting for Big Colorado Bull Elk
  12. The Top 40 Typical and Non-Typical Elk Records
  13. Great Smoky Mountains
  14. Elk Crossing
  15. Elk Camp – What’s a Beta mom to do?
  16. Bits and Bobbs, of a beautiful Autumn
  17. Singing Round 203 – November
  18. Autumn Farm Scene
  19. Macro Photography : fallen leaves by ShinichiSaeki
  20. New on 500px : Light on the Grove by gjim9beam by gjim9beam
  21. New on 500px : Mating Call by lanremakele by lanremakele
  22. New on 500px : Fall colors by jfzhang by jfzhang
  23. New on 500px : Sun Valley by MAPhoto
  24. New on 500px : Into the unknown by SelahattinNizamPhotography by SelahattinNizamPhotography
  25. New on 500px : Autumn by Parkddoven
  26. New on 500px : Autumn roads by argiriouvasiliki by argiriouvasiliki
  27. New on 500px : Autumn by picspassion by picspassion
  28. Basildon Park
  29. autumn dusk
  30. Autumn leaves have no hiding place from me and my assistant
  31. Autumn Poems and Songs for Young Children
  32. Willow moon
  33. Autumn Reflections – Day 19
  34. One day of November
  35. Winter Squash and Apple Soup
  36. Turkey Vultures?
  37. Flowers of autumn
  38. Oak Grove in Autumn

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