In those days: John’s Baptism

Baptism of Christ. Jesus is baptized in the Jo...Matthew 3:1-12. 1 In those days John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea 2 (and) saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” 3 It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: “A voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’”
4 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair and had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5 At that time Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him 6 and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins. 7 When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance. 9 And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 10 Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. 11 I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fan is in his hand. He will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Continue reading

The Roar of Advent

Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams i...

When you tell people you grew up or live in central Florida,  it is my experience that within a few minutes, the conversation will turn to Disney World. I can remember hearing the news that the Magic Kingdom was coming. It was exciting. Can you imagine?  A Sunday night staple in our house was the TV show, the “Magical World of Disney” – and that magical world was coming to us.  Anaheim had Disney Land, but we were getting a whole world, the whole Disney experience!

In the 40 years since the park opened, the “Disney Experience” has only expanded. It seems to me that when you take it all in , Disney offers a happy future come true today where everyone is pleasant, cheerful, and are there to help you at every turn.  Everything is immaculately clean; why …. it is almost magical ! Continue reading