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Monday, December 24, 2007

Dad was a heavy sleeper

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which translated means, "God with us." And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.

Comments (16)

Merry Christmas Jack, thank you for this blog and all that you do to keep spirits alive of not only Christmas past but present.

In this day and age, Mary and Joe would be lucky to get on Springer.

Except for the "Are you the daddy?" angle (which Joe is, but DNA wouldn't show it).

Merry Christmas to you and yours Jack. Your blog is a bright light in an otherwise dimly lit world.

Jack,
Merry Christmas Jack and to your family.
This Blog, your "Hobby", is my daily conduit back to my home town.
Words can't describe my thanks for all your efforts.
Have a blessed Christmas.

John

Merry Christmas Jack!

Odb's
topic today also.

Love and miracles to all!

Troy

All fairy tales should begin with " Once Upon a Time"
I wonder how Planned Parenthood would have figured into this? Bah Humbug and Happy Holidays to all.
Keep our service people safe and end the wars, everywhere.

My good thoughts to all people today, I miss my Mom who died recently, I honar my wife, who is near a saint as you get for 27 years with me, my son Jack Jr., for 3 combat tours in Iraq, my two daughters. for their love of family.....the good mom's they are.

Hey Jack, I wish good things for you maybe more then you wish me at times, but we both care, and that about you is more true then you let on.

Merry Christmas and a better new year!

Jack and all,
Merry Christmas.

Carol

I read The Book, but the movie version brought it home to me more; I laughed, I cried, it became the heart of me. The 2-hour running time is a big block to fit in a busy schedule, but, hey, put the big things in life first, and besides, the dividends returned in years of heart-warming good will to all people, on an investment of a couple idle hours in a vacation day seems worthwhile in all respects. Yeah, it's a dry, narrated, documentary film, but the vivid depiction of events pulled me in in the first twenty minutes, and swept along with such compulsion that, at The End, I was catapulted into the future and knowing the year ahead, 2008.

Zeitgeist Movie (dot COM). (Literally: 'white ghost,' some sort of ethos of polar-set peoples whose ancestors ranged farthest from equatorial climes.)

'Why?,' some may ask. 'I guess it's just the bioethicism in my soul.' Which is a line parodying the punchline of this joke:

A farmer lived 84 years in the same rural house and one day, when it came on the real estate market, moved into the house next door. The newspaper in town sent a reporter to interview the farmer for the human interest story. "Why, after living your whole life in one place, would you move only right next door?," asked the reporter. "I guess," answered the farmer, "it's just the gypsy in my soul."

[ba da boom]

Jack,

You may be burned out on the Catholic church, on churches in general, but it's good to see that the untainted story of His birth is cause for you to post. In the days of what-did-he-know-and-when Giusto (didn't we get rid of that with Nixon?) reaching into all levels of state government, it's good to know that when the government will rest on His shoulders, true faith won't involve our peccadillos.

And thanks for continuing to post. It's a gift to all of us.

Still your non-student (blame it on scheduling),

MJH

Tomorrow we celebrate our faith in the penultimate teacher of ethics, morals and principles of good grace. We accept on faith Joseph's dream and celebrate the divine birth of a son who gave us the gift of redemption. Inspirational read - Jack -Merry Christmas

Being an ex-altar boy I can accept the virgin birth, but three wise men, they gotta be joking.

Merry Holidays and peace on earth to all

BGTI

Cable News Covers the Birth of Christ
By Tom Purcell

Cable News Anchor: We now bring you the latest cable news update on the birth of Jesus Christ. Joining us is our regular panel of experts. Correspondent Peter Jones is standing by in Bethlehem. Peter?

Peter: What we know is that a carpenter named Joseph and his virgin wife, Mary, left Nazareth to travel to Bethlehem. They went to pay a tax decreed by Caesar Augustus. When they arrived in Bethlehem, there was no room at the inn, even though Mary was with child.

Anchor: With child? But you said Mary was a virgin?

Peter: That is one of the more puzzling aspects of this case. Mary claims she is without original sin. She said God chose her to give birth to Jesus, God's son.

Anchor: That sounds kind of far-fetched. With us today is Dr. Angie Smith of Planned Parenthood. Angie?

Angie: It is biologically impossible for a woman to become pregnant without having relations with a man. In an oppressive society, Mary has been forced to concoct this absurd story to hide the truth about her relations with Joseph.

Peter: If I may continue. The baby was born in a stable in Bethlehem. Joseph converted a feeding trough into a manger and set the baby, Jesus, in there.

Leading Democrat: It is
because Republicans continue to block universal health coverage that young couples are forced to give birth in a stable!

Leading Republican: The only reason the couple was in Bethlehem was to pay yet another tax brought on by tax-and-spend liberals.

Peter: In any event, when the baby was born, shepherds in the nearby fields allegedly saw angels appear. The angels said the "Savior was born" and that his name was Jesus Christ. When the child was born, a star shone bright over Bethlehem. Three kings hundreds of miles away claim they saw the star. They followed it for many days until they arrived at the stable. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Then they returned to their lands to spread the news.

Leading Democrat: That's typical. As soon as the Messiah is born, lobbyists for the rich and powerful are already attempting to bribe him.

Anchor: Peter, where are Joseph, Mary and the baby right now?

Peter: No one knows. From what we can piece together, King Herod has issued orders to have the child killed. Apparently, the king is threatened by allegations that this child is the Savior and Messiah. All we know is that the young family has fled Bethlehem with King Herod's men hot on its trail.
Anchor: Hold on, Peter, we have some breaking news. Our satellite cameras have located a small family heading for Egypt. This new technology is amazing! As the satellite camera zooms in, we can see a man walking next to a donkey. A woman is sitting on the donkey holding a baby in her arms. Joining us now is Dr. Nathan Adams, an expert in satellite positioning technology. Doctor?

Dr. Adams: It would appear that the young family is traveling along the back roads to conceal its movement. If you look to the right corner of the screen, you can see King Herod's army searching in vain for the young family. You can see that the army is headed east, unaware that the young family is headed west.

Anchor: How far away is the army from the family?

Dr. Adams: According to my calculations the family is exactly 8 miles east of Egypt's border. King Herod's army is only 5 miles east of
the family.

Anchor: Wait, doctor, the army appears to be changing direction.

Dr. Adams: You are right. King Herod's army has abruptly changed direction and is now heading west toward the family at a very fast clip. Somebody must have tipped them off. That family is doomed.

Anchor: We need to break for commercial, but when we come back we'll bring you the latest on the birth of Jesus Christ. Will this young family survive? The answer when we return.

Jack, thanks for your posts, and your sense of humor and insight. A sincere Merry Christmas to you and your family, including your kitties.

On this day of days I traditionally retreat from my usual ideas on religion, as an honorarium.
Best Wishes, Jack, et all.
Bob

You have to hand it to Santa Claus: How many guys can tell their wives they're going out, they're staying out all night, and they're not coming home till they've emptied their sack?

... smokes in the house, tracks his boots in the house, and disappears all day out in his 'workshop' with a clutch of adoring ankle-biters ...

That Mrs. Claus, she must be a saint.


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