Iraqi Christians celebrate Christmas once again

For inspiration, a few beautiful tweets that came from the Iraqi Christian twitter account. Well worth checking it out. Thanks to Unit, a commenter yesterday that left the link..
The Guardian Here For Iraq’s Christians, a bittersweet first Christmas home after Isis takeover

@iraqschristians 

Iraqi Christian Human Rights Council promotes the human, political, and legal rights of Iraqi Christians and other Middle East Christians.

iraqichristianhrc.org

Iraqi Christian HRC Retweeted

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Sunday Respite – O Holy Night!

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Band of the United States Air Force Reserve with soloist Sandi Patty present “O Holy Night,” by Adolphe Adam and arranged by David T. Clydesdale.

Wishing everyone a wonderful and blessed Christmas Eve!

Winter Solstice – Discovering new meaning to advent.

 

 

On Thursday December 21, we are gifted with the return of longer days by Mother Earth with the celebration of the Winter Solstice. Soon to follow as we celebrate the gift of Jesus and his wonderful light. What if we could see the Solstice and the Sun as “the light of the world” and there was no distinction between Christ consciousness?

This is Advent — when, as sleepers, we awaken to our own light of love, deep within us, waiting to be reborn again in the dark stables of our own souls.

Lindsey Mead speaks to the nascent light of her own inner longing as Solstice approached, and offers a meditation by author Meg Casey that captures the hushed beauty of December here

December is a holy month. Maybe it is the dark, silky silence that descends so early that speaks to me of reverence. Maybe it is the promise that December holds — that no matter how dark, how cold, how empty it can get, the light is coming back. Something always shifts in me when December arrives — I embrace the darkness, and am eager for the coming solstice when the whole world is still and holds its breath, waiting to be reborn again.

What a not-to-be-missed treasure the natural season of Advent can be then, when the “nascent light” inside each of us can turn to, and answer, the promises of light surrounding us everywhere in the December dark — the whisper of candlelight from darkened windows, the blue-black light of dusk against the silhouetted trees of winter.

It’s a beautiful video that captures the essence of the season perfectly. Enya singing Silent Night in Gaelic in the background, setting the mood.

 

Music: Silent Night (Gaelic) by Enya

The Other Christmas Gift!

 

We talk so much about the special “Snow Flakes” and their lack of maturity. Let’s see how the younger ones make out with a tough decision. I like to post it about this time of year. A reminder in all the hustle and bustle of just what is really important.

When faced with a tough decision, will these kids pick a Christmas gift for themselves or give it up for a gift for their family?

The children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta were given the tough decision of choosing a present for themselves or one for their parents. Video of the social experiment entitled “The Other Christmas Gift.

Sunday Respite – Happy Halloween, All Soul’s Night, Samhain

The origins of Samhain, better known as Halloween, happens this week on October 31. A bit of history and how the ancients celebrated this day. The Wheel moves on. Have a wondeful day.

Honoring The Knights Templar – Friday, October 13th, 1307 – Friday October13, 2017

On Friday, October 13th, 1307, King Philip IV of France, in league with Pope Clement V ordered all Templars to be rounded up and thrown in prison. The Knights were accused of numerous crimes including heresy and treason. For two hundred years the Knights Templar had been the most dominant force in Christendom.

In 2007 the Vatican issued a proclamation declaring the Templars innocent of their alleged crimes. This after finding “misplaced” documents of their trials. How different our world would be if this act had not been perpetrated against the Templars, the defenders of Christ. It is worthy of us to to honor them each October. May they rise again.

Come, my brethren! Take courage and stand beneath our banner! The darkness closes in, and we are the only true defenders of the Light! March to victory and arise triumphant!

The enemy is at the gate, they lay siege to our walls, yet no one answers the call to arms!! Where are the Knights, why are they not suited up for the great battle? Are they asleep? Who will slay this beast if not the Templars? The angels are sounding the trumpets, are the sounds of them muffled? This enemy is familiar, we have fought them before, in histories past, come brethren, take up your cross, and fight for God, and the Saints, the beast has reared his ugly head once again!!

Philip IV borrowed enormous sums of money to finance a war with England. A poor king and an even worse military commander, Philip was easily defeated. He saw a way of eliminating his huge debt. On that fateful day of Friday, October 13, 1307 he ordered all Templars arrested and their property seized. The Grandmaster of the order, Jacques DeMolay was thrown in prison along with several other high-ranking members of the order.

Their ‘trial’ was a farce. The Templars were charged with heresy, worshiping false idols and other crimes against the church. Many of them were tortured until they ‘confessed’ to their crimes. Refusing to capitulate, Jacques DeMolay would not confess and Philip ordered him burned at the stak

The Muslim Brotherhood infiltrated the Boy and Girl Scouts years ago

 

So the kerfuffle about the boy scouts allowing girls joining has been making the news. I suggest that the permitting the indoctrination of religion – Muslim – should be the headline. Both the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are now the breeding ground for the next generation of initiates. Recruiting and training for the next generation.

Muslim Girl Scout Troop coming to your town soon

Can you imagine if we set up a Christian Girl Scout Troop? If we had a special celebration when they took their first Communion complete with a special patch? I don’t want to even think about what is happening with the boys and their scout troops. Note the paragraph that I highlighted in the post.

As-Salaam-o-alaikum!

Welcome to the official website of the Islamic Committee on Girl Scouting.
We hope this website will make it easier for Girl Scouts, Troop Leaders and Parents to access information, provide ideas and learn about upcoming events.

Program Booklets, Awards and Patches – Order here

New Salaah and Sadaqah Patch – now Available

I’ll wager that Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941), founder of the Scouting movement, never imagined that a Girl Scout troop in the United States would be celebrating little girls donning the headscarf – but that’s what happened at a recent event held by theMuslim Scouts of Michigan at the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. Tarek El-Tablawy of The Associated Press describes the scene when 43 girls, ages 8 to 11, attended a Takleef Festival, described by the Arab-American News as “a celebration of girls committing to hijab.”

The girls line up in two groups — one dressed in white, the other in pink gowns and hijabs. On stage, they approach a copy of the Quran held by another girl. Gently kissing its spine, they pass underneath as parents in the audience snap away with digital cameras. “That’s my baby,” beams one father. …

Organizers of the Takleef celebration are well aware of the spiritual and cultural challenges these girls face in deciding to wear the hijab. “A couple of these girls are taking the veil before their mothers are,” says 38-year-old Ali Ibrahim, one of the scout volunteers organizing the celebration. “We even have one girl whose parents are not convinced and are trying to get her to take off the veil. May God guide her.” …

 

Boy Scouts and their camp

 

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