What is the Christ?

In this audio program I share some thoughts about the Christ and how it helps and heals us.

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In this audio program I share some thoughts about the Christ and how it helps and heals us.

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What is the Christ?

In this audio program I share some thoughts about the Christ and how it helps and heals us.

The post What is the Christ? appeared first on Mark Unger C.S..

In this audio program I share some thoughts about the Christ and how it helps and heals us.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

 

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Youth Suicide – You’re never hopeless, never helpless

Suicide accounts for 24 per cent of all deaths of 15- to 24-years-olds in Canada — one of the highest youth suicide rates in economically developed countries! Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness are the main reasons, noted by teens interviewed after attempting suicide. Rejection or bullying by peers or feeling unloved by parents are what […]

Suicide accounts for 24 per cent of all deaths of 15- to 24-years-olds in Canada — one of the highest youth suicide rates in economically developed countries! Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness are the main reasons, noted by teens interviewed after attempting suicide. Rejection or bullying by peers or feeling unloved by parents are what […]

This season can hope and joy rebound?

  ‘Tis the season to be jolly? Not necessarily. For many the holiday season may trigger a bout of the ‘blues.’ A time that is supposed to be filled with family and making memories can be difficult when memories may be painful and/or family and friends few. Images of holiday celebrations can bring on depression […]

Christmas Angels

 

‘Tis the season to be jolly? Not necessarily. For many the holiday season may trigger a bout of the ‘blues.’

A time that is supposed to be filled with family and making memories can be difficult when memories may be painful and/or family and friends few. Images of holiday celebrations can bring on depression and loneliness.

Therapy for depression varies widely – from antidepressants, which come with significant side effects, to psychological counselling. One therapy – not recommended – is crawling into bed and pulling the covers over your head until January 2nd!

Ignoring the holiday season is an unlikely solution. A better remedy would be to recapture what the season has to truly offer.

Perhaps we can find it in the beloved Christmas story of the birth Jesus. Referred to as the “life and light of men”, his birth fulfilled a prophecy of hope and joy. He brought mental and physical healing to many through challenging long-held beliefs about the punishing nature of God and instead showing our right to health and well-being as his beloved children.

Memories of Christmas’ past can tempt me to feel sad and alone during this season. Instead, I like to think about those shepherds, away from home and family, who were tending sheep on a dark hillside the night Jesus was born. As the story unfolds, the shepherds were visited by angel throngs with news of great import – a Saviour born in Bethlehem! Any feelings of loneliness and isolation must have fled as they hurried to see this wonder.

OK, sitting on a proverbial hillside with our sheep, hoping to hear an angel message is not a likely scenario for most of us. We are skeptical that the sky was filled with winged creatures on that night so long ago. And thinking that the angel visitant looks like the one sitting atop the Christmas tree at the mall makes it even more unlikely as something we think we can experience.

But spiritual teacher and author Mary Baker Eddy challenged conventional angel concepts when she wrote “When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we do know their presence by the love they create in our hearts…it is not the clasping of hands, nor a loved person present; it is more than this: it is a spiritual idea that lights your path.”

One particular Christmas years ago, I was on a ski trip in Colorado and through a mix up of messages, was left

Joy - a glimpse of divine presence

Joy – a glimpse of divine presence

stranded and alone at the airport. It seemed the joy of the season was about to drain away since I could not get home to Toronto where holiday cheer awaited me. However, I have always trusted that God cares for His children, so I found a quiet place in that busy airport to pray. I acknowledged that God had only good in store for me and would not leave me or anyone stranded.

This angel message came – “see if you can change your flight in order to visit [a family member] in Minneapolis”. It seemed an impossible idea as it was the busiest flight season, but I was able to adjust my ticket and spent a wonderful time with this dear person who welcomed me with open arms.

Long before Jesus’ birth, the Psalmist recognized that God is a source of light that dispels the darkness: “even the darkness will not be dark to you [God]; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” (139:12 NIV)

Like the shepherds of yore, we too can hear the angel message that brings the light of hope and joy.

This article is published throughout Ontario in Metroland Media sites such as Mississauga News.

 

Hope and Health – a Good Partnership

  How many times have we heard someone respond to another’s hopes and dreams with, ‘Get real?’ Well, maybe we do need to get real, but hope may be tied more closely with reality than we think, especially in the quest for health. ……continue reading this guest post……. The effect of hope on health may be viewed like that of
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Humorous and insightful quotes on aging

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?”  ~ Satchel Paige “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” ~ Betty Friedan “At thirty, man suspects himself a fool; Knows it at forty, and reforms his plan; At fifty, chides his infamous delay, Pushes his prudent purpose to resolve;” ~
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“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?”  ~ Satchel Paige

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” ~ Betty Friedan

“At thirty, man suspects himself a fool; Knows it at forty, and reforms his plan; At fifty, chides his infamous delay, Pushes his prudent purpose to resolve;” ~ Edward Young

“At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.” ~ Ann Landers

“Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” ~ Mark Twain

“You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.”  ~ Douglas MacArthur

“We are not victims of aging, sickness, and death. These are part of scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being.” ~ Deepak Chopra

“The measurement of life by solar years robs youth and gives ugliness to age. The radiant sun of virtue and truth coexists with being. Manhood is its eternal noon, undimmed by a declining sun.”  ~ Mary Baker Eddy

Story of hope in an unlikely place

People who care.  That’s what it takes to make a difference.In Zambia, at risk youth are being given an opportunity to move their lives forward.  About 200 young people were asked to think about their future.  They decided they’d like to…

People who care.  That's what it takes to make a difference.

In Zambia, at risk youth are being given an opportunity to move their lives forward.  About 200 young people were asked to think about their future.  They decided they'd like to go into business.  So the youths were taught how to do a market assessment and how to select a business that would manageable and profitable.

They chose a banana plantation.  This video shows their steps of hope.




Here's the link to the article in The Christian Science Monitor.