Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Southern Hemisphere Christmas

It's been a very busy month. With something almost every night. 

On Christmas Eve Eve I went on a drive with some friends and watched the sunset at the beach. Then got to stand in the waves of the ocean. It was definitely a rememberable evening. Who knows the next time I'll be standing in the ocean so close to Christmas.

This morning started with a pancake breakfast with some friends and then opening the Shop for people to get their last minute items.

Tonight was the culmination of our Advent Services. Since the beginning of the month we have been celebrating God With Us at our community worship services.

The service ended in my favorite Christmas carol, Silent Night. The only difference was that we sang it in eight different languages. 

After the service I spent some time with friends and learned the tradition of a Christmas Cracker.

The night ended with passing out Christmas presents in the Africa Mercy style. Which is to go around the ship and leave your friends present in their shoe that they have left in the hallway.

It has been quite a busy day, and it's not even Christmas morning yet. Hopefully the day will be a bit more relaxing.

During the service our speaker talked about Jesus and how He is our Savior. When's the last time you made that personal? He came to save you. To save you from throwing that fit you threw yesterday when you couldn't find a parking spot. He came to save us from our selfish desire to get everything we want for Christmas. He came to save me from from making plans when I don't want to wait for His. Remember that when you're rushing to the next event. He came to save us.

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."      Luke 2.11

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Love is

A few weeks back Kirstie, the Ward Supervisor, gave a very good talk about what love is. She hit the nail on the head when she was talking about our ability to receive love. During the presentation she showed a specially made video made by the Communications Department. I'm proud to say that many in Communications are my friends. Enjoy the video posted below. If you can't see it, you can find it here.... http://youtu.be/E92OZHSlfq8

3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13

If God has called me to do this then he wants me to be alive and not feeling dry. -Kirstie (Ward Supervisor)

Are you receiving the love that he has given, if not we will not be able to do the work that He calls us to.

Is it a ship disease to be extremely willing to give and not so good at receiving love ourselves. We end up going empty and can't give out anymore.

It stems from an unbelief in God as Provider – once we learn that God is our provider, we will be able to give generously, we'll never need to fear lack or fear burning out make us hold back because we will understand that God is our provider.

Sunday, December 1, 2013