"Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you." - James 4:10
Commonly known as a medical alert bracelet, they are a means to communicate important information regarding your health to first responders in a medical emergency.
But she calls hers a "Humility Bracelet." "When I look at it," she says, "I am reminded that a Power greater than me is in charge, and that I am not invincible or perfect."
She also says her "Humility Bracelet" reminds her to slow down, calm down, and take it easy because of the health condition given to her by God.
Perhaps we should all wear a "Humility Bracelet" to remind us continuously of our need for God and His Presence in our life.
Slow down, calm down, and take it easy. Good advice for all of us, with or without a "Humility Bracelet."
TAGS: Reflection, Story
December 12 was National Poinsettia Day, so let's continue our celebration with a heartwarming legend regarding this traditional Christmas plant.
During the weeks before Christmas, a young Mexican girl named Miranda had worked hard with her mother to weave a beautiful blanket. She and her parents planned to bring it to the church on Christmas Eve when everyone came forward to present a gift to the baby Jesus lying in the manger.
Shortly before Christmas, her mother became sick and when Miranda tried to weave the blanket on her own, the yarns became hopelessly tangled. She couldn't finish it.
When Miranda and her father went to church that Christmas Eve, she was sad they had no gift to bring to the manger. Neither the candles nor the singing could cheer her. Then an angel comforted her, saying, "Your mother will get well, and you should bring to the Lord any gift you can find. It's the giving, not the gift, that matters."
Miranda went outside, picked some weeds from the roadside, and brought them to the manger. There was a sudden stir among the people. When Miranda looked at the weeds in her hand, they had become bright red flowers, each like a flaming red star.
When the people went home that night, the roadside weeds had all become bright red flowers -- the Flor de la Navidad (the Christmas Flower).
SOURCE: The Little Blue Book: Advent and Christmas Seasons 2019-2020, 12/19/2019.
If anything says “Christmas!” it’s a tree. Whether it’s a live tree or an artificial one, when we see an evergreen tree, we think of Christmas.
Trees have been important symbols in many religions, and from earliest times, evergreen trees have reminded people of life through winter and darkness. The evergreen tree has a specific meaning for Christians.
Long ago, European Christians celebrated December 24 as the feast of Adam and Eve, our first parents. They put up a “Paradise Tree” decorated with fruit. It was a way of remembering how human beings had eaten fruit from the forbidden Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. That sadness was replaced by joy the next day, December 25, when they could celebrate Jesus, born to save us from that sin and open the way back to God. Jesus would demonstrate his love by dying on a cross, made from a tree. A Christmas tree is a tree of life!
In the 17th century, the custom of putting toys and gifts at the foot of the Christmas tree was adopted, and it was in the 19th century that the tradition of the Christmas tree became widespread.
"He has a name written on his cloak and on his thigh, 'King of kings and Lord of lords.'" - Revelation 19:16
Talking politics is quite trendy these days, whether it is locally, nationally or internationally. Regardless of which side you are on, this bumper sticker seems to put everything into perspective.
Politics ebb and flow; politicians come and go; political rhetoric calms or excites. But the Truth never wanes.
Jesus Is King: "King of kings and Lord of lords." Let us rejoice. Amen.
"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." - 2 Corinthians 3:17
The Swallow-tailed Kite bird, unique in its shape, is a beauty to behold as it swoops left and right, high and low. Gliding so effortlessly through the air. Its wings barely move as it virtually hangs motionless in the sky.
Already unique in our form, we would do good to emulate the Swallow-tailed Kite's gracefulness. To be so spiritually free. Loving God, self, and neighbor with an unconditional love.
A kite without strings. A spirit mercifully free.
Holy Spirit, I yearn for Thee. Amen.
TAGS: Prayer, Reflection
The school bus stopped in front of the place. From above, you could see the number of the bus by the door and on the roof. The numbers were "923". These numbers probably meant nothing to most people, except to be used as a means to identify one bus from another.
But to devotees of St. Padre Pio, these numbers represent the Feast Day of a Beloved Saint: September 23, i.e. "923".
Perhaps there was a connection between these numbers and this bus.
Perhaps the bus carried people needing the protection of St. Padre Pio.
Perhaps the aura of St. Padre Pio was present throughout the bus.
Perhaps it was just the awareness of a keen eye who stopped and noticed the significance of the numbers on the bus.
St. Padre Pio, forever present among us, pray for us.
TAGS: Reflection, Story
"But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them." - Matthew 6:29
It's that time of year again. The butterfly bush takes months to grow, form its flowers, and flourish. When all is in place, it emits the scent that attracts local pollinators. Yep, open for business!
The customers, multi-colored butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and moths, are all flocking to the bush to receive their nourishment. What an incredible sight of nature at its finest.
We seek our nourishment at the table of the Lord. With the best linens, the finest vessels, the scent of incense, and the chiming of bells, we are called through the Word of the Lord to receive His body and blood.
Come, all ye faithful, the doors are open for worship and praise. What an incredible sight of glory at its finest.
"Open wide your mouth that I may fill it." - Psalm 81:11
Since the tree nuts aren't ripe yet, the squirrels are eating pine cones like they are corn-on-the-cob. It seems like picnic time with all the naked pine cones, and the little remnants that are left behind, scattered throughout the yard.
Squirrels, like all outdoor animals and birds, are hungry and searching for food to satisfy their nutritional needs.
Humans, on the other hand, are mostly blessed with enough food to satisfy their physical hunger. However, they continue to seek out food to satisfy an "other" hunger. This hunger, a spiritual hunger, is often undefinable.
With summer upon us, picnics abound in backyards, parks and festivals. Satisfying a physical hunger is relatively easy, but a spiritual hunger may take some work and be hard to sate.
This summer, make time to fulfill your spiritual hunger. Create a picnic, of sorts, of spiritual material to meet your yearnings. So hungrily devour this feast that your longings resemble corn-on-the-cob with only little remnants left behind.
Divine Master, enable me to come to You to satisfy my mind, heart and soul with overflowing abundance and grace. Amen.
TAGS: Prayer, Reflection, Story
"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the holy Spirit be with all of you." - 2 Corinthians 13:13
The flowers had three clusters of three petals with three flower heads, all layered together to create a single blossom. Separate, but three, in one. Much like the Blessed Trinity,
Set off against a green background with the sun making their whiteness bright, and their flower heads glistening in contrast, one could not notice the uniqueness and repetitiveness of their threefold composition.
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: with us, in us, and all around us, if we only look for it.
Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.
"For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—declares the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope." - Jeremiah 29:11
How did they do that? The side of the building was a mosaic of stone and bricks. But it wasn't a random mosaic; there was a pattern to it. How did they create the perfect pattern of curved and crisscrossed lines on this vertical plane? Much artistic ingenuity and foresight was necessary to ensure that the lines crossed at precisely the right location when the masonry work occurred.
Having everything in place and executing as planned can result in an amazing feat. God works like that in you. With His plan, and your obedience, you can achieve anything. If you wander from the path sketched out for you, and don't pull yourself back in line, you will not reach the end result that God has in mind for you.
Chart the course. Stay in line. And follow the path laid out for you.
Dear God, thank you for knowing the plans for me and for guiding me along the way of those plans. Amen.
"Looking at little life moments with a spiritual eye."