Unseasonal Greetings

We don't send many Christmas cards but I found this article interesting: Christmas cards are losing their religious message

Only one in 100 Christmas cards sold in Britain contains any religious imagery or message, a Daily Mail survey has revealed.

Traditional pictures such as angels blowing trumpets over a stable, Jesus in his manager, the shepherds and three wise men following the star to Bethlehem are dying out.

Instead, scenes of the Nativity has been replaced on cards by designs or jokes with little or no relevance to the Bible story and the true meaning of Christmas.

One 'offensive' card risked provoking Christians by suggesting the shepherds only saw the angel appear on the hillside because they were hallucinating after smoking drugs.

Pastor McLachlan's message at Fourth Baptist was on "Peace ... the Gift of Christmas" from John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid"

This was interesting: the word "leave" in "peace I leave with you" is the Greek Word for "forgive"! It could be literally translated (as the Pastor said .. not good English but good Greek!): "Peace I forgive to you."

Our driveway was very icy this morning, Roger slipped and fell going out to get the paper.

Kathee is making meatloaf for dinner.

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