Sublimely Happy Bunny!

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from November 2014 (this year we are three happy Christmassy bunnies!)

Song Bird Songs

chr. rabbit
No I’m not in love and I haven’t won the lottery but I just can’t seem to keep it in.
Maybe I should at least cloak it a bit, people are beginning to notice. It was remarked on by a guy at the market yesterday.
“What’s made you so happy then?” he didn’t understand my answer.
“Christmas!”
He just looked puzzled and said, “a bit early isn’t it?”
My smile gets bigger and there’s no way I can hide it. Every time I see Christmas décor or hear a carol my eyes mist up and my heart swells till I can no longer contain it. Like a thirsty sponge I just absorb the sweet water. After the drought and ugliness of Halloween it’s like a drink of fresh clear water, better yet a swig of sweet wine – exhilarating!
It must be a taste of how, when Satan has brought…

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31 day challenge day 17

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What is your most proud moment?

Actually I’ve always thought of pride as a bad thing, a “root of contention”, justifying atrocities, fomenting hatred, and the arch enemy of love.  The story is told that this was the cause of Satan’s transformation from a magnificent angel of light to a foul demonic entity (sadly I’ve seen it happen with people too).

I could try to think of one of my most cringe-worthy moments when I said or did something in total pride (there have been many, and we never look more ridiculous than when puffed up with pride) but I don’t think that is the intent of the question.

Maybe I could substitute something like a defining moment when I felt a sense of achievement or value. There’s the intense joy a mother feels in her children’s achievements and most of all recognizing their value and integrity as human beings. (Having seven great kids there’s been lots of those!) There’s the satisfaction of achieving a hard fought goal (like breaking the mold of my 1950’s low class school to get an hons. degree).

But I think my most thrilling moment was when I realized that the God of the universe loved little old me just as I am, and he took me in (warts and all) and called me to follow. There are so many billions in the world, that I was privileged to get to know him personally was awe inspiring (though he of course loves all his children that way).

Sublimely Happy Bunny!

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chr. rabbit
No I’m not in love and I haven’t won the lottery but I just can’t seem to keep it in.
Maybe I should at least cloak it a bit, people are beginning to notice. It was remarked on by a guy at the market yesterday.
“What’s made you so happy then?” he didn’t understand my answer.
“Christmas!”
He just looked puzzled and said, “a bit early isn’t it?”
My smile gets bigger and there’s no way I can hide it. Every time I see Christmas décor or hear a carol my eyes mist up and my heart swells till I can no longer contain it. Like a thirsty sponge I just absorb the sweet water. After the drought and ugliness of Halloween it’s like a drink of fresh clear water, better yet a swig of sweet wine – exhilarating!
It must be a taste of how, when Satan has brought the world to its knees and seemingly wrecked everything, God will have the last laugh and as His tones ring once more across the earth hearts everywhere will rejoice.

So Who is Satan Anyhow?

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satan

Whether you consider him mythical, symbolic or an actual entity, with Halloween approaching in all its lurid costumes it’s surprising how few folks know his origins.
The story is told in the Bible that Satan was once God’s top man, (or angel) the light bearer, powerful and beautiful beyond imagination. His body embellished with music he led the praise of God. So what happened? Basically it seems it wasn’t enough for Satan being the supreme angel. In his pride he wanted to be God, to be worshiped, therefore he rebelled persuading a third of the angels to join him.
He’s described as “the Prince of the Air” and “the father of lies.” The most common caricature of Satan is a little guy with horns and a tail but I would probably depict him as a handsome, impeccably dressed, intellectual, smooth tongued and alluring, only the eyes giving him away as evil. Genesis has him pictured as a snake persuading Eve with subtle words to doubt God(His Bible knowledge is reputed to be better than most Christians and he tries to use it against them as he did Jesus.)
Halloween costumes are often sexy, but again there in a subtle lie here. Sex was God’s creation instigated before “the fall of man”, it’s sexual perversion that is Satan’s domain. He cannot create only pervert. He’s also referred to as “the god of this world”. In spite of God’s overall sovereignty he is said to have power in this realm giving the “kingdoms of this world” to who he may. (God gave dominion to man and through man’s choices Satan took control to a large extent.) This is an interesting viewpoint depicting Christians as God’s 5th columnists working to bring down Satan’s power explaining why evil runs rampant in the earth unless restrained by good.
Another little known Genesis Bible history is that the angels who followed Satan had sex with the women of the earth and that their children were giants of a vicious and diabolical nature. This could explain a frequent question of why in ancient history God asked his people to slaughter whole populations even women and children (lest the DNA be further corrupted). There are some interesting books on this due in part to the many assertions, photos etc. of giant human skeletons being unearthed. It’s not my intention to get into that here as I’m not at all sure about these assertions but it’s an interesting read.
Whatever you believe I hope this has given some new background to your Halloween celebrations. Personally I shall breathe a sigh of relief when it’s over and I can look forward to Christmas when we celebrate the forces of good.