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The Gift of Joy

“There are those that have in themselves the gift of Joy. It has no relation to merit or demerit. It is not a quality they have wrested from the vicissitude of life. Such people have not fought and won a hard battle, they have made no conquest. To them Joy is given as a precious […]

Joy wins out

“There is earned joy: an impossible job tackled and conquered, leaving no energy for assessing the price or measuring the cost, only for an all-inclusive sense of well-being in the mind, and slowly creeping through all the crevices of the spirt—or it may be some dread has reared its head, gathering into itself all hope […]

Thought for the New Year

“All around worlds are dying out, new worlds are being born; all around life is dying but life is being born. The fruit ripens on the trees, while the roots are silently at work in the darkness of the earth against a time when there shall be new leaves, fresh blossoms, green fruit. Such is […]

A break from Facebook

I posted this today: The following announcement may not change the world: I will be taking something of a break from Facebook for the time being. This is a kind of pre-New Years resolution. When I have things I want to put out into the online world, I will use my own website: revdarrow.com (which […]

Z is for Zoroastrian

Z is for Zoroastrian

December 25, 2019 Christmas      Day 25 of the Advent Alphabet Z is for Zoroastrian. Have you come across this word before? Some scholars suggest the Magi who appear in Matthew’s Gospel as visitors to Jesus were Zoroastrian priests. The word Magi derives from an Old Persian word “magus”, which was an occupational title for members […]

Y is for Yeshua

Y is for Yeshua

Dec 24, 2019 4th Week of Advent – Day 24 of the Advent Alphabet Y is for Yeshua. Yeshua ben Joseph is the “reason for the season”! (The “ben” means “son of”) When I was growing up, I thought his first name was Jesus, and his last name was Christ. It was actually not until […]

X is for Xmas

X is for Xmas

Dec 24, 2019 4th Week of Advent Day 24 of the Advent Alphabet X is for Xmas. As in Merry Xmas. How do you react when you see that in print? I can remember Over the years there have been emotion-laden campaigns to “do something” about the use of this abbreviation. There seems to be […]