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This is kind of what I’m talking about:

Free Christmas!

Although I must disagree that it started as a pagan holiday. It didn’t; honestly, there were Christians celebrating Christmas before the day was changed to December. Afterward it became a mixture of symbols pagans used with a Christian message. My husband pointed out to me the other day that the Christmas tree is a pagan symbol and why should I fight so hard to keep up the tree until Epiphany, and what the heck is Epiphany?! I simply said that although the Christmas tree may have once symbolized life to the pagans who wanted the sun to come back to them, to us as Christians it means the True Everlasting Life that is given to us by the Son, whom we long to see return also.

Just because a group of people used the tree to symbolize one thing doesn’t mean that it’s marked forever as that. Other people can choose to use the same item to symbolize something else. Afterall, it’s a part of God’s creation for all to see and use, not just the pagans.

And Epiphany (also known as the 12th day of Christmas) is a day that commemorates the visit of the magi, the revelation of God in human form, and to some, the baptism of Jesus.

But back the article, it pretty much sums up what I think has happened to Christmas, and I’m glad that there are others out there who would like to “take back” Christmas and have it mean more than what society portrays.

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This is so sick. People like this should be punished to the full extent of the law.

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One of the saddest videos I have seen on animal cruelty in the meat industry…

http://www.meat.org/index-1.asp?c=MYMblogad0307

How can these people sleep at night?

Edit: While my purpose in sharing this video was to show how some people can abuse animals without a trace of remorse, if you are so inclined as to reconsider your meat consumption and wish to educate yourself further about the companies from which you purchase your meats, then I’m sure you will have made PETA very happy, and possibly help change the future of unfortunate animals such as these.

It’s hard to follow the “love your neighbor” rule when you read things like this. I mean, on what level of demented do you have to be to do this to your own son, who happens to be no more than 18 months old? And what kind of mother would you have to be to not go to the police the first time this happens, but instead wait three weeks before going to them?

It just blows me away that people can be so merciless.

And that poor baby.

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Today I read in the paper that the Amish families (that had lost 5 of their daughters to an outsider madman’s shooting spree while the girls were in school) invited the madman’s wife and kids to their own girls’ funerals acknowledging that she needed as much consolation as they did. Despite all the suffering caused to this community by this twisted man, they chose to forgive and count the wife of the madman’s loss as one of their own. The Amish priest called this their 9-11.

It’s so awesome to see that despite being so hurt they choose to reach out and forgive and heal with love and not hatred. They could have done what mainstream society chooses to do (revenge by striking first, asking questions later) but instead they chose to forgive and find healing together.

While much of the Christian society are strong supporters of the War in Iraq, I believe that because of our Christian faith we are called to forgive, just as the Amish have done. It’s so easy to get swept away by our feelings and not by our faith as we choose vengeance and not forgiveness. I would like to see the Christian community learning from our Amish neighbors and awaken to the realization that we’re not practicing what we say we believe. And then do it!

Not only is this war illegal, but it goes against our morals and beliefs. And we should acknowledge that and change our actions accordingly.

I came across this page today which talks about a Christian approach to keeping your home clean through environmentally safe methods. It’s got good ideas and reasons why not to use the chemical products instead.

Healthy Families, Healthy Environment

And just on a happy note, I would like to share this website with you all as an inspiration because you don’t typically see the Christian community taking action on environmental issues and it’s just so great to share that yes, there are some of us out there that care and see that as part of our job as Christians.

Evangelical Environmental Network

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