Daily Archives: December 21, 2020

In Tonight’s Sky

Tonight, Jupiter and Saturn will come within 0.1 degrees of each other. That’s just 1/5 of a full moon diameter. They’ll appear to be one giant star that some are calling a Christmas Star.

It’s not. For one thing, the conjunction will be gone from the night sky before Christmas. And for another, the symbolism is all wrong.

What the Magi saw was a conjunction of the planet Venus (Virgin, Mother) with the planet Jupiter (King, Father) in connection with the constellation Leo (Lion) whose brightest star is Regulus (Little King).

In tonight’s sky, the planet Jupiter (King, Father) will align with the planet Saturn (War, Time, Harvest, the god who dethroned his father) in connection with the constellations Capricorn (Horned Goat, Devil), Sagittarius (Archer, First Horseman of the Apocalypse), and Scorpius (Scorpion, Demon Abaddon).

Obviously, it is forbidden for Christians to look to the stars and astrology to make life decisions. We’re supposed to pray and trust in the Lord with our lives.

But the Bible says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork” (Ps. 19:1). It is clear that God proclaimed the birth of His only Son in the skies. Perhaps tonight, he is sending us a sign that the final battle is near.

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Bits & Bytes

I never knew the backstory behind this poem. It makes the hymn so much more meaningful!

A-HOLES: [31:28] – Every year since 1984, the good folks who live in a West Allis, Wisconsin, neighborhood they dub “Candy Cane Lane” decorate their homes bigly and encourage visitors to make a small donation as they drive through the festively enhanced neighborhood. All of the money raised goes to support research, treatment, and the eventual discovery of a cure for childhood cancers and related blood diseases.

This year, BLMers staged a loud march through the event. The group claims, “In our video it clearly shows demonstrators walking down the center of the streets to not impede any of the vehicles.” No, actually, the video shows them hogging an entire lane, which means they blocked traffic in that direction. Police received calls about the noise and traffic congestion, but did not arrest or cite anyone, because they saw no evidence of violence or vandalism.

One man shared a post from a friend that read, “So my son and I were playing in the living room and we heard very loud music and people chanting from the outside. We open up the front door to see what all the commotion was about. It was a ‘Black Lives Matter’ march going up and down my block and through candy cane lane. These people saw my ‘Back the Badge’ sign and ‘Trump 2020’ sign and began to shout at us. They began to give us the middle finger and shouted, ‘F-CK YOU F-CK THE POLICE F-CK TRUMP!’ Uhm really? I am holding my ONE year old son in my arms. Glad to see how ‘peaceful’ and ‘respectful’ these people and protests really are lol. What a bunch of pieces of sh-t.”

BAD POPES: [50:33] – When I was an RCIA teacher, one of our candidates told us he had “read” himself into the Catholic faith. In his ten years of reading, he said one of the most compelling arguments he came across that Catholic doctrine is true and protected by God Himself were the bad popes. We were astonished, but he made a great point. Even at their worst, none of them changed doctrine to make their behaviors okay.

BLESSINGS: How do people get through more than a decade of public school without learning how incredibly wealthy we are?

We are low-middle income and I’m disabled, yet we own our own home with a yard and a car, enjoy year-round climate control, indoor plumbing delivering clean water, light at any time of the day or night, and plenty of good quality clothing and foot wear. Millions of people around the world, especially in third world and communist countries can not say the same.

But we ALSO have college educations, our own small business, multiple computers, phones, a vast array of tools for our DIY projects, a DVD player/monitor and hundreds of books for entertainment and enlightenment, and a church where we are free to worship without fear. How many people can claim as much?

But we ALSO have reliable street-side trash pick up, daily mail delivery, police a few minutes away, a doctor, a chiropractor, a dentist, an auto mechanic, a computer guy, and a cleaning gal who all take great care of us. My kids served in the Middle East and helped people who had none of that.

But we ALSO have grocery stores packed with nutritious and delicious fresh and frozen food, easy access to goods of every description in stores or via mail order, and nearby restaurants and carry out for special days. Our dog eats better than many people’s children!

But we ALSO have healthy kids and grandkids who drive or fly to see us when they can and call and zoom when they can’t. I often think of my ancestors who left their homes and maybe were able to write or get a letter once in a blue moon.

Yes, I am disabled and in constant pain and my husband works hard. But our lives are so full of joy and blessings that there isn’t time in the world to begin to tell you all of it!

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