Good Morning! I am in a bit of a hurry this morning, so I am glad that there aren’t very many celebrations to cover! We have a black ice advisory out for our local area and I want to get on the road in time to take it slowly, just in case. I have no concerns about the car I am driving, since I’m taking hubby’s winter Subaru with the great winter tires on it, but other folks may not have something so dependable and that makes me a little nervous.
It’s Thursday! Already! The weekend is right around the corner and I couldn’t be happier. Well, it’s a bittersweet happy. We are having Baby R overnight tomorrow night so we can take him to see Santa on Saturday. Normally I’d be taking all three grandchildren, but this year, since Miss B and Big Brother E have moved with their parents (I can’t believe they wouldn’t just give them to us! Geesh – the selfishness of some parents! hehe), Baby R shoulders the responsibility for putting smiles on Gramma and Papaw’s faces as he visits with Santa. We have his new Christmas sweater and some pretty cute shoes all ready to go, and I’m pretty sure we need to go have lunch someplace fun – not sure where that will be yet, but we’ll figure it out.
Verse of the Day
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name…
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
For Jesus, Graciousness + Guts + Giving + Grit = Glory. Just one of those equations in salvation math that doesn’t make much human sense, but from the perspective of faith, it is powerful wisdom. Jesus came to our world because of the graciousness of God. Jesus had the “guts” to leave behind heaven and face the hardships of humanity, and give of himself to serve others. Jesus had the grit to endure the horrors and humiliation of the cross. So God has shared with Jesus his glory and placed him above all others. The apostle Paul wants to remind us that God doesn’t forget our sacrifices, our obedience, and our hardships. He does honor them with his pleasure and his glory because Jesus’ sacrifice has made us holy!
Food for Thought
Letter Writing Day – When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone? Or sent a card that had more than your signature on it? Today is the day to take a few minutes and write someone a letter. Letter writing is nearly a lost skill, as most letters and notes these days are in emails or instant messages. Celebrate this day by making someone you care about happy, because honestly, there are few things that make someone smile quite as quickly as opening the mailbox and finding a letter that someone took the time to write.
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – As the dawn began to creep over the horizon on the morning of December 7, 1941, our world changed. What our citizens couldn’t believe would ever, or could ever, happen . . . did. We were attacked on U.S. soil by the Japanese, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack crippled the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and caused the United States to enter World War II. During the attack, over 2,400 American servicemen and 68 civilians were killed. Five of the eight battleships at Pearl Harbor were sunk or sinking; and virtually all ships were damaged. We thought we were untouchable . . . we were proven wrong. Never be complacent, never assume we are always OK . . . our enemies are always out there looking for a way to get to us . . . no matter who the enemy of the moment is. Complacency is probably the biggest enemy of all for it makes us blind, deaf and stupid, unable to defend ourselves and unable to discern even those among us who would do us harm. In the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the day we were attacked was “. . . a day that will live in infamy”. Don’t ever forget that what happened before, can, and likely will happen again if we remain unaware and continue to be complacent. On that day the nation was shaken awake, as it has been a few times since then. Somehow, some way, we always seem to fall asleep again. Wake up and see that, especially with the supposed leadership we have now, we are not safe! We are never safe from our enemies for they can attack at any time, in any place, and for no reason other than we don’t agree with their religion. Stay awake this time and always be vigilant. Remember the loss of life on that morning in 1941 and honor the dead by being determined to keep our nation alive, healthy and with our independence and our freedoms intact.
This Day in History
1937 – Martin Van Buren becomes the eighth President of the United States, and the first president to be born in this country.
1877 – Thomas Edison exhibited the phonograph.
1941 – Pearl Harbor was bombed in a surprise Japanese attack. It marked the U.S. entry into WWII.
Food Celebration of the Day
National Cotton Candy Day – Since cotton candy is typically enjoyed at fairs and other types of outdoor festivals in the country, I have to wonder why we celebrate this one in the middle of December?! That’s a good question, and I couldn’t find the answer. I did find out that the Cotton Candy machine was patented in 1899 by William Morrison and John C. Wharton, and that they brought it to the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. It was very popular! Did you know it was originally called Fairy Floss because it was made from Floss (or Flossine) sugar! I admit I do love cotton candy, no matter what time of year it is, so a big happy Cotton Candy Day to you!