Friday, December 5, 2008

Here is what Advent/Christmas means to me...



h/t to Missy at St. Anne, Pray for Us

I was blown away by this little vid. Someone is reading my mind...

Do any of you believe this too? Do you take steps toward making it a reality?
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I was talking with Mr. B.E. & we both find the "clean water for everyone" statistic ($10B) difficult to believe. Fly in the ointment? Anyone know?
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11 comments:

Maithri said...

What an awesome video! Beautiful and so true...

The water statistic is very true... You can read a moving article my friend Sister Maureen McCarthy (the coolest nun I've ever known ;) ) wrote about the water crisis in southern africa here...

http://soaringimpulse.blogspot.com/2007/10/little-wings-from-siteki-with-love.html

Thank you for your gracious presence in this world,

Much love to you, Maithri

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

That was powerful.

We are spending less on gifts this year. As for doing more for others, I'm not sure we're going to increase what we're already doing. But at least, I'm trying to make the two columns more balanced.

Carol said...

Thank you for this great video. I wish that our airwaves were as bombarded with this type of message as they are with the consumer message.

Missy said...

Your title pulled me in. Thanks, BE, for posting this.

It makes you wonder where in the world our political will has gone.

Oh yeah. Self interest. Forgot.

Dianne said...

I've been having this debate with my family! I find it so empty - the craziness surrounding this holiday.

My favorite gifts have always been hand made. I usually give people framed photos I have taken of them, or of a place or object I think they'll like.

I saw a news report last night that Americans throw out 27% of the food they buy!! Imagine that!

Fran said...

This is really well done.....thanks for sharing.

Tim said...

Truly outstanding, BE! The consumer onslaught has turned Christmas into an unmanageable chore--not only in the giving, but in the getting.

People keep asking me what I want, which is nothing, really. And when I suggest they give money to someone truly in need instead of spending it on me, they say, "OK, but I still want to give you something!" We've allowed greedy merchants to brainwash us into thinking of Christmas as an obligation to give gifts, rather than a celebration of God's gift. And with each passing year, my heart grows sadder to think while most of us are tearing open gratuitous presents piled under our trees, truly needy people around the world are grateful to find a tree they can sleep under.

Thanks for sharing this. I'm going to "borrow" it for my blog and pass the link along to others as a reminder of how far we've strayed from the principles and purpose of Christmas.

Utah Savage said...

Very inspired and very inspiring.

D.K. Raed said...

not being religious, to me the best part about christmas was the christmas spirit. I say 'was' because you don't see too much of it anymore. It used to feel like people were a little nicer, a little happier, a little more giving of themselves at this time of year. This vid reminded me that that spirit is more necessary today than ever. We can't allow it to be beaten into mindless trinket giving and obscene wastes of money on exotic nothingness.

Dada said...

Nice video!

Not to beat a dead horse, but $10 billion for clean water around the world when we spend a bit more than that in Iraq each month? Wow!

But then, we must remember - as our outgoing president has reminded us - the costliness of our war there and in Afghanistan has made the Middle East a better place under his administration which is something to be thankful for, I suppose.

Mauigirl said...

This was wondeful. It really makes so much sense. And yes, Christmas does become a chore unless you remember the real meaning of it and try to give to those less fortunate.