Sunday, December 07, 2008

here fishie

I was talking to my friend Katy today after church and we were discussing "Funny Fish Stories (FFS)". When i was little, my dad got us a couple of gold fish i think and we had a new house maid at that time. My mum asked her to change the water in the tank and after a while the girl came and told my mum how the fishes had died and when my mum asked what she did, she said, "nothing, i removed the old water and put clean boiling water". Well, yes, i think the fishes kind of "boiled" to death. :D
But this one is the funniest. For halloween my church in Glasgow had a "fancy dress fayre" for kids and we had games and other fun stuff. The stall i was in charge of was a fishing one where kids put their fishing rods behind a screen and we would hook on a piece of candy and if the kids were really lucky, we would hook on a polyethne bag of a real live goldfish. Well, so one of the little girls got one and apparently since she probably got bored of holding it the whole time, she put it on the heater/radiator and (i'm actually laughing at the moment) after a while they found the fish in the bag dead (duh!) and the skin had kind of boiled/cooked off the body and was floating on the top. Probably sounds mean on text but when Katy was telling me this i was laughing so hard.
Who else has a FFS?

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Last christmas

Last Christmas, I didn't celebrate Christmas. A lot of people may not know about it but some did. I had a lot of reason. Some very extreme and some simple silly ones. This year I learned to find a balance and I’m enjoying my mince pies and hark the heralds and the lights.

But before we get into the festive spirit, let us take some time to reflect about why we celebrate the birth of this great great Man. This Man whose birth split time, before Him and after Him. But why did He come to this earth? Well let's take a look at some of the scriptures from the Old Testament...

"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14

" For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder (as the place of burdens): and His name (Shem) shall be called (acclaimed-celebrated) Wonderful (Pele-Incomprehensible, Wonderful) Counselor (Ya’ats-Transformer or Counselor), Mighty God (El Gibor-Mighty God or Chief God-Man), Everlasting Father (Av Eternal), Prince of Peace (Sar Shalom)."Isaiah 9:

"But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed." Isaiah 53.5

And what it says in the New Testament

"Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." Matthew 1:22.23

"For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost" Mathew 18.11

While this may not be exactly when Jesus was born and may be way too commercial and the silly Santa Claus comes and spoils a few things (I’m not a big fan of the Santa man), let us rejoice and be glad and know that Messiah Jesus did come to this fallen World, and while we were still sinners loved us and was willing to die for us.