For Christians, Christmas must be a large holiday, not because of gifts, or santa, or trees, or holly, but because Christmas marks the transition from the darkness of the past to the lightness of the present hope we all have in the greatest miracle of all, the incarnation of God in the form of a man, the man Jesus Christ. This is a transition marked from the expectant waiting of hope found in the carol “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” to the joyful, exuberant sound of “Joy to the World.” And today, Christians must once again hope that Jesus will come again to establish his kingdom, because in that kingdom, of peace there shall be no end. This is Christmas for the Christian, both a remembrance of the hope we now have, and a expectant looking of the that future which we one day hope to see. Manaratha.
You know youre in chem when the first thing you think of is “Since when was hydrogen oxide a cation?”
As much as i’m fond of Taylor Swift’s music, this characterization of her as innocent or pure has to stop. When she’s had three albums filled with songs about different people she’s broken up with, clearly either there’s something wrong with her character (i.e. immature), her ability to choose boyfriends, and/or she just likes getting her heart broken.
Occasionally I wish people grace and peace. I do this because it surely is the most powerful wish I can possibly give. I wish grace because I wish those that receive it to be able to bear life in the fullness of grace, for through grace troubles become small and bearable and with grace we have the strength to look forward past this present age towards a bright and hopeful future. Then I also wish peace because I firmly believe that peace is not an absence of trouble, but the ability to find one’s way amidst trouble. Not an assurance that trouble is only temporary, but rather an assurance that troubles are not all there are, and that amidst the trouble there is always a place of respite where no trouble can ever penetrate.