Of all the classic songs we hear around Christmas time Silent Night is some of the most peaceful and focused tunes. The story of how it emerged is humble and beautiful, just like its words. If we take a minute to truly listen, its meaning will rise and well up in our hearts.
Halloween is a fun, annual tradition when kids of all ages dress up and walk down the streets in their best spooky attire, scavenging for candies. Houses are decorated, horror stories abound and many adults do their best to join the fun by either giving out candies to the trick-or-treaters, dressing up, or both.
Like most other holidays of the year, stores are happy to make it their own by selling their Halloween-themed goods and this now widely commercial holiday promises fun, thrills and laughter for the whole family. But where did it start? Should Christians be concerned by its roots? Should we celebrate it or take part in any of it? Here are some answers.
The temperature was just right, a summer evening like I love them. My pal and I sat outside with our friends, amused, as they bombarded us with questions they couldn’t keep to themselves. “You are young and healthy, and you’ve got your life ahead of yourself. What is it that you need in this Jesus thing?” They couldn’t grasp how we could rejoice in Christ, nor what pleasure we could take in our new-found faith.
I pulled on the bakery paper, and sank my teeth in the scrumptious pastry I had carefully chosen for breakfast. Instantly, flavors started swirling on my tongue: cinnamon, sweet spices, carrots, all being released from this tender, melting, velvety texture… I had forgotten how suave a carrot muffin can truly be. I was “messing up” on purpose.
Some time ago already, I have made a decision that junk food would be out of my menu. Except on rare occasions such as weddings, birthday, and other very special events-like having ice cream with three of the loveliest British kids I know.
Do you know who you are? Do you know how much knowing your identity can change the course of your life? Not knowing can be like being an ocean liner on a small lake, or a rowboat on the ocean. Both are less than ideal, and can even prove to be dangerous, or a complete waste of potential.
On the other hand, knowing just who you are in Christ can make for a very powerful answer to your calling, allowing God to work in your weaknesses, and propelling you to boldly step ahead, walking on fears that might otherwise get the best of you.