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On Christmas Eve

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2016 at 6:32 pm

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“…and the darkness has never been able to extinguish the Light….”

God be praised by His children, and may He bless us, upon whom His favor rests. Merry Christmas, my friends.

~Wheeler

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The Fourth Sunday of Advent

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2016 at 12:16 pm

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And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

May the LORD bless and keep His children, and keep these things in our remembrance, each and every day.

~ Wheeler

The Third Sunday of Advent

In Uncategorized on December 11, 2016 at 9:17 pm

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What do you do when you realize that most of your prayers have been answered “no,” or not answered at all? What do you do when you realize that your faith is in danger, and that for the first time in your life, you are asking questions that leave a cold knot in your stomach?

Light a candle and put it in a dark room. Look upon the single flame as it wrecks the blackness around it. Sit in its luminous presence and keep asking your Father the bitter questions.

But as you do, look at the candle’s flame. See it chasing the shadows away, warming the small space around itself, moving and consuming oxygen and reacting to your breath.

Say your prayers into the candlelit air. Then listen.

But most of all, watch. Watch.

~ Wheeler