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Washington DC and The Holy Land>Christmas Season Such a time to celebrate and reflect
HonestChieffan 10:24 AM 12-01-2019
Its Raider Game day so we need to give great energy to the Chiefs.


Also today is the first Sunday in Advent. Advent is essentially the month leading up to Christmas when Christians worldwide celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus.

Many Christians in the United States attend a church service on the first Sunday of Advent and may engage in activities such as special prayers and contributing to ideas on enhancing peace. Many Advent traditions are observed in the United States in the prelude to Christmas Day. For example, the Advent wreath is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. The wreath can be seen in various churches across the nation around this time of the year.

Advent calendars of all designs are also given as gifts at this time of the year. The calendars feature openings in the form of windows or doors that are numbered to count the days to Christmas. Calendars may contain chocolates, toys, or candy and are given to children as a fun way to observe the Christmas countdown. Some traditional Advent calendars show 24 days but many Advent calendars showing 25 days, with the last opening on Christmas Day.

The church year begins in September 1 in many eastern Christian churches, so Advent begins at a different time to when it starts in the western churches. The eastern equivalent of Advent is called the Nativity Fast, which runs for 40 days.

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays...-sunday-advent

Here is a great musical celebration to just enjoy.



There are so many great traditional songs of this season.
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HonestChieffan 10:33 AM 12-09-2019
The Second week of Advent!!

https://onlineministries.creighton.e...econdweek.html


Preparing our Hearts and asking for the Grace
We prepare this week by stepping up the longing. We move through this week by naming deeper and more specific desires.

Each morning this week, if even for that brief moment at the side of our beds, we want to light a second inner candle. We want to let it represent “a bit more hope.” Perhaps we can pause, breathe deeply and say,

“Lord, I place my trust in you.”

Each day this week, as we encounter times that are rushed, even crazy, we can take that deep breath, and make that profound prayer. Each time we face some darkness, some experience of “parched land” or desert, some place where we feel “defeated” or “trapped,” we hear the words, “Our God will come to save us!”

The grace we desire for this week is to be able to hear the promise and to invite our God to come into those real places of our lives that dearly need God's coming. We want to be able to say:

“Lord, I place my trust in your promise. Please, Lord, rouse your power and come into this place in my life, this relationship, into this deep self-defeating pattern. Please come here and save me.”

Each night this week we can look back over the day and give thanks for the moments of deep breath, that opened a space for more trust and confidence in God's fidelity to us. No matter how difficult the challenges we are facing - from the growing realization of our personal sinfulness, to any experience of emptiness or powerlessness, even in the face of death itself - we can give thanks for the two candles that faithfully push back the darkness. And, we can give thanks for the graces given us to believe that “Our God will come to save us” because we were given the courageous faith to desire and ask boldly.

Come, Lord Jesus. Come and visit your people.
We await your coming. Come, O Lord.
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HonestChieffan 11:38 AM 12-09-2019


Amazing music from this group, Thank you Mr Pointer
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listopencil 05:14 PM 12-09-2019




Another on the gayageum.
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listopencil 06:06 PM 12-10-2019

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HonestChieffan 01:05 PM 12-14-2019

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HonestChieffan 01:06 PM 12-14-2019



Awesome stuff
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HonestChieffan 01:21 PM 12-14-2019
Bringing the joy of Advent and the promise of Christmas into the marketplace, some 150 Thomas Aquinas College students descended on Ventura’s Pacific View Mall on the first Saturday of December to stage a choral “flash mob.”



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HonestChieffan 10:55 AM Yesterday

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HonestChieffan 08:45 PM Yesterday

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stevieray 08:48 PM Yesterday
Thank you for starting these threads every year.

Always helps bringing life back into focus.
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HonestChieffan 08:55 PM Yesterday
Originally Posted by stevieray:
Thank you for starting these threads every year.

Always helps bringing life back into focus.

Always a pleasure and the feedback is always so positive from all corners of CP.
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stevieray 08:59 PM Yesterday
Originally Posted by HonestChieffan:
Always a pleasure and the feedback is always so positive from all corners of CP.
Amen.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

We are driving up to Omaha with one Aunt(88) to spend the holiday with another Aunt(90)(sisters)
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