Cipriano Martinez | @ciprianom79
As I sit here and think about the significance of Christmas and what it means to my household I can’t help but add to my thoughts, just where Jesus was on Christmas Eve Eve? I know that December 25th is just the date we celebrate Jesus’ birth but that don’t change the fact that our Savoir was born to take away our sins and open a door to eternity for all mankind.
So where was our Savoir on Christmas Eve Eve? Well the Bible tells us in Luke 2:1 that a decree was order by Caesar Augustus that all should be registered in his own town. So Joseph and his wife Mary (Jesus’ mom and step dad) started on a 111 Km trip to Bethlehem from Nazareth that will be around 80 miles. If you figure around 20 miles a day by foot this will be a four day trip. Joseph must have been pretty convincing to talk Mary at 8 months or so pregnant to travel on foot for four days.
Megan Oaks | @MeganCOaks
“Mary did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new? This child that you delivered will soon deliver you…”
Whether it’s a favorite of yours or you choose to quickly switch the station, whether you prefer Kenny Rogers and Wynona Judd or Vicki Winans (or any of the other dozens of artists who sang it); this song, like clockwork, makes its annual debut every year just after Thanksgiving. Personally for me, it’s a favorite. (Then again, I also love "Christmas Shoes", which I’m learning is the eleventh sin and something no one in their right mind will ever admit to.)
Maybe it’s because I am a mom and maybe my love for the song increased when I welcomed my first born just 5 days shy of Christmas day, but either way this beautifully written ballad is a great reminder during the whole year, not just the month of December.
When you think of Jesus, what crosses your mind? Maybe floods of childhood Sunday school lessons come rushing back. Maybe you picture him seated in a throne next to our Almighty. Possibly, you immediately think of his crucifixion and resurrection. When I think of Jesus, I ponder his childhood. Again, that very well could be because I have a son of my own who was born December 20th, so every year as he celebrates another year of life, I try to imagine Jesus at that very age. Being Mom, I also try to imagine what Mary must have gone through during her time of motherhood to our Savior. My favorite story concerning Jesus’ childhood is found in Luke. In these ten verses, we get a glimpse into the preteen boy he was and the Savior he would become.
Matt Coker | @BackRowOnline
We're just a couple a weeks away from Black Friday. I got my first circular promoting "Black Friday" deals on Nov. 2nd this year. It's just unavoidable. Who cares about Thanksgiving? Black Friday is where it's at!
I find it very funny and little bit sad that the term “Black Friday,” which was coined in the same fashion as dark days in American and World History, has been accepted as almost a holiday unto itself.
For reference, the term “Black Friday” has been used many times in history to describe a day where bad things happened, such as a huge outbreak of devastating tornadoes in the United States and Canada in 1985, a San Francisco protest against the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1960, and even the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
And when I was a kid, “Black Friday” was used to mark the severity of the sale events on the day after Thanksgiving, where grannies were trampled to death, fights erupted over the sole remaining Furby, and the worst of our inner greed and ruthlessness was let out of its cage to save a few bucks on Christmas gifts.
Now, it’s simply the name of a pseudo-holiday. The biggest shopping day of the year. Instead of “Day-After-Thanksgiving Sales,” stores now boldly proclaim “Black Friday Sales”! And everyone drools.
Seems all it took to change “Black Friday” from a negative phrase to a positive one was simply time.
We just had to wait for it to change.