MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.
I hope and pray all my blogging friends and anyone that may read this have a wonderful Christmas.
I hope and pray it is a safe Christmas for all as a severe winter storm seems to have hit a large part of both Canada and the US.. If you are driving, please drive carefully our winter roads can be treacherous.
I hope and pray all will take even just a moment to recognize the day for what if really is. The celebration of the birth of Baby Jesus.
I am going to let everyone in on a little secret, well maybe it is not a secret to many. There are times when I can be a be a real doofus. I often pray many times throughout a day. Sometimes it is in what I consider like the formal or traditional prayer manner. Many times though it is in a more relazed almost conversational tone. I have my own little Christmas tradition. Ever year as early as I can on Christmas morning, I say a little prayer, just to wish Jesus a happy birthday. As do so many of my prayers it starts off in the traditional manner but seem to then drift to the conversational.
Well I did this, this morning. Now I know it takes my head a longer time to wake up than it seems to be for my body. That is my excuse anyway. When I am in this conversation mode, it feels many times that it is like I am talking to a dear friend. Well this morning the last line of my prayer was, “May you have a very happy birthday and many, many more.” That thought hadn’t even finished rolling through my head and it hit me. Wishing Jesus many many more birthdays, geesh. Told you I can be a doofus. Glad there is a sense of humor in Heaven.
I have a challenge for any and all that may read this and when ever they may read this. I challenge you to say your own little prayer in what ever manner you choose. But when it comes to ending the prayer, don’t say the amen or what ever word you may use. Instead leave the prayer open and therefore ongoing. Carry on through your day, remembering you are still in prayer. See if you conduct yourself differently than you would normally? Please let me know.
Thank you David, and a very Merry Christmas to you.
Challenge accepted, Bill. Although it was yesterday, I still feel compelled to wish you a Merry Christmas! Hope it was a good, and safe, one for you too. 🙂
Thank you Shady, it was indeed a good Christmas, I hope it was the same for you. Glad to hear you are taking me up on the challenge. I would be interested in hearing back from you on how the day went.
Happy Boxing Day!!
(((((((( Bill )))))))))))
Thank you for the well-wishes, sir….all things I wish for you.
I’d like to think my ‘chat’ time with the Big Guy is never-ending. I’m sure I appear insane to some folks (I speak my piece or gratitude outloud at time)–but I seem to be more centered when we’re having that running conversation goin’ on.
Enjoy Boxing Day!
I’m gonna make snowangels–bit of snow happened so it’s a clean snow canvas out there and I’m gonna make the moment count!
happy boxing day to you. You go and create master pieces in the snow. The “running conversation thing” is most certainly what works best for me.
Hope your Christmas was wonderous and built plenty of joyful memories – open prayer, I love it – accepting the challenge!
Thank you Jaymie. Good luck with the challenge. I would be interested in hearing if you found yourself acting any differently throughout the day as you had the prayer thought in mind.
My nephew’s surgery is today so I think that open prayer just seems natural at this moment in time. It will be interesting to see how it feels once we are past the surgery itself.
Hi Jaymie, your nephew, you and your entire family are in my prayers.
Oh, I do hope the surgery went well…
*sending prayers and healing thoughts*
Merry Christmas Bill
Thank you my friend. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you all the best in the new year.
I’m impressed you’ve beaten the odds Bill, after all these years! I just came across your blog just casually looking at those blogs with “grandpa” in them… since I’m a first-time grandpa. 🙂 I share your joy with that new title. I also share your belief in prayer, and I really like this new tradition that I will start, thanks to you. I wish YOU many more years of joy to come, in spite of your battle to survive. What a Great attitude you have, even in your bad moments.
Thank you Deric. Attitude is all important in every part of our lives. I do try to maintain a positive attitude but admit it is a struggle at times. Nice to hear from you.
I often do the “running conversation” type of prayer, myself — usually because my mind tends to wander and lose focus on what I was saying or thinking. It does seem to work well, even though I sometimes feel guilty about the wandering mind.
I hope you and Vi had a lovely Christmas despite the colds and that you’re both feeling better today.
Cat, my friend it is nice to hear from you. I can understand and relate to the wandering mind thing. All we can do is our best.
hope your day was good !
and hope ya have a very blessed new year!
I thank you for the kind wishes, I hope the same for you.
Thankyou so much for your blessings and wishes which you always very kindly shower on us . You will have many more years ahead , you never know ! Miracles do happen .
HAVE A GREAT YEAR AHEAD..