Monday, December 27, 2010

YouTube video for Haiti uplifts, inspires

A friend just sent me this video titled "We are the World 25 for Haiti."

It seems to have been created by ordinary people with a song in their soul and humanity in their heart.

This one really moved me.

Turn up your sound and click here to take it all in.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wirelessness has birds chirping

This picture, sent to me by my son-in-law, says a lot about the age we find ourselves living in. Click anywhere on the photo to see more clearly what the birds are saying.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

So you want to be a journalist?

Dream of working for the New York Times, reputedly the world's best newspaper?

Turn your sound up and get the real skinny on what it takes to get there. Click on this link.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sentimentalizing the trough where Jesus was born

We all know the words to that timeless Christmas song.

It goes something like this.

"Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,

"The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head..."

But how many of us have given a second thought, or even a real first thought, to what that manger some 2000+ years ago was really like?

Mike Lowery, pastor of Impact Community Church in Rock Hill, S.C., reminded everyone yesterday in his sermon that we've sentimentalized the trough (where Jesus came screaming and crying into the world) as a manger. (That's Mike's picture with this blog post.)

"Jesus came into this world in the stench of animals. He was born in a trough where animals were fed," Lowery boldly proclaimed.

Next time you hear that classic Christmas song, ask those singing it to define a manger.

Bet they'll be scratching their heads.

But why was the Son of God born in a trough--of all lowly and filthy things?

And why did he come as a baby?

Why not ride into the world on a thunderbolt or announce his grand coming in the clouds or glide down to earth off the arch of a rainbow?

God, incarnate in Jesus Christ, became a tender, helpless baby born in an animal trough, according to Lowery, because he wanted to be like a humble servant. He wanted to get as close as he could to ordinary people. And that meant becoming a human being and living on earth among lowly shepherds.

No thunderbolts or loud booms announcing his arrival in the world.

No singing or rejoicing of angels.

Jesus planned his "debut" this way, and, as it turned out, humility defined his entire 33 years of living.

He was born (in the most unlikely of circumstances) in a smelly animal trough, walked softly and wisely among us for a short time, and died horribly and painfully on an old rugged cross.

"Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus, lay down his sweet head..."

Click here to hear this beautiful song.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards, the Tin Man and yours truly

What do Elizabeth Edwards, the Tin Man (from the Wizard of Oz) and yours truly have in common?

We've all confronted our own mortality.

Elizabeth with her breast cancer (and sad to say it finally did her in a couple days ago.)

The Tin Man with his hollow chest cavity and long, fervent wish to find a heart.

And me with my weak, out-of-rhythm beating heart.

Let's see: If I only had a healthy heart I could stay young and chipper.

As the Tin Man sang it: "I'd be tender. I'd be gentle. And awful sentimental. . .regarding love and art. I'd be friends with the sparrows and the boy who shoots the arrows, if I only had a heart."

Oh, but to be strong and healthy once again.

If I only had a healthy heart...

You already have one? You're lucky and blessed.